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What Every User of Open Source Software Needs to Know About License Types

OSS :License Word CloudNot all free and open source (OS) software licenses have been created to achieve the same goals, and failure to understand the differences can have dire consequences.  Some OS licenses are business-friendly in that they allow the code to be combined with proprietary code without imposing OS licensing requirements on the resulting combination.  Others do not allow such combinations in any circumstances (at least if the developer wishes the products to remain proprietary), and some licenses fall somewhere in between these two extremes.  Here is the minimum you need to know about OS license types before incorporating OS code into software you develop.

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