This is the license text: https://www.mongodb.com/licensing/server-side-public-license
A few days ago, Elasticsearch and Kibana were converted from Apache 2 to SSPL, and there has been a lot of criticism (for exmaple). The biggest problem with SSPL seems to be the fact that if software licensed under it is used for an online service, you have to open source everything on the server that falls under the broadly worded “all programs that you use to make the Program or modified version available as a service, including, without limitation, management software, user interfaces, application program interfaces, automation software, monitoring software, backup software, storage software and hosting software”, which some worry could be interpreted by courts as “everything installed on the server”. The fact that it’s not OSI approved (and unlikely to be) is also a point of concern.
The article I linked (IMO quite reasonably) state that Elastic is only using this license to make the free version of their software undesirable and to force more people to buy a commercial license, but that’s a demerit to the company and not necessarily to the license.
What does the “free software, not just open source” community think of this? Does a license like this go too far, or is this the next step in forcing the open sourcing of software? Would you personally ever use this license for your IP?
Libre culture is all about empowering people. While the general philosophy stems greatly from the free software movement, libre culture is much broader and encompasses other aspects of culture such as music, movies, food, technology, etc.
Some beliefs include but aren’t limited to:
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I’ve looked into the ways other forums handle rules, and I’ve distilled their policies down into two simple ideas.
Please show common courtesy: Let’s make this community one that people want to be a part of.
Please keep posts generally on topic
No NSFW content
Libre culture is a very very broad topic, and while it’s perfectly okay for a conversation to stray, I do ask that we keep things generally on topic.
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