FOSS Licenses

FOSS Licenses

What types of licenses in FOSS?

Hundreds of licenses are available for FOSS.

  • FSF-approved licenses: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html
  • OSI-approved licenses: http://www.opensource.org/licenses
  • Some Popular licenses of FOSS are listed here.

What is MPL?

The Mozilla Public License (MPL) is a free and open source software license. Version 1.0 was developed by Mitchell Baker .The MPL is characterized as a hybridization of the modified BSD license and GNU General Public License. The MPL is the license for the Mozilla Application Suite, Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird and other Mozilla software.

What is GLPL?

What is GPL?

The GNU General Public License (GNU GPL or simply GPL) is the most widely used free software license, originally written by Richard Stallman for the GNU project. The GPL is the first copyleft license for general use, which means that derived works can only be distributed under the same license terms. Under this philosophy, the GPL grants the recipients of a computer program the rights of the free software definition and uses copyleft to ensure the freedoms are preserved, even when the work is changed or added to.


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