Refactored 017: "Open Source Licenses"

Wherein Frank loves MIT but this episode gets published under the WTFPL.

published Apr 6, 2021
Show Notes

Refactored #017: “Open Source Licenses”

On this episode of Refactored…

  • The guys explore copyright vs copyleft, and it turns out Chris is Duke Silver.
  • Do you need to be worried about GPL code? In the datacenter, probably not. In your frontend, much worry, very yes.
  • LGPL is probably fine just about anywhere but AGPL is too disco for Chris… and probably any corporate environment.
  • Frank asserts it’s (MIT || GTFO) for him. Chris thinks BSD is fine, too.
  • The guys also discuss Apache, Mozilla, SimPL (which is stupid), WTFPL, Public Domain, SSPL, and Do No Harm.
  • Chris thinks “RMS” refers to Richard M. Stallman, but Frank thinks it refers to Risk Management Solutions. This probably says a lot about the both of them.
  • Software Composition Analysis (“SCA”), is useful. Check out Snyk, FOSSA, and Xray among a million others.
  • The guys make it clear that they are not attorneys, and this content is not legal advice.
  • … and much more!

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