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[News] Former SUSE Community Head Impressed by Clipperz (AGPLv3)

  • Subject: [News] Former SUSE Community Head Impressed by Clipperz (AGPLv3)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Oct 2009 22:42:13 +0100
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The Coolness of Clipperz

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| I came across Clipperz while I was still at Bungee 
| Labs. I was doing some research on open source 
| licenses, especially the Affero GPL (AGPLv3). I 
| spoke about AGPLv3 in several posts around that 
| time.
| Clipperz is a perfect example of a product that 
| should be licensed under AGPLv3. First, open source 
| has big advantages for security-related software so 
| that flaws can be identified and fixed quickly. 
| Second, since Clipperz is essentially Software-as-a-
| Service, AGPLv3 provides the creators with 
| protection against the SaaS Loophole (that is, 
| someone taking their source code, replicating their 
| service, making improvements, and choosing to keep 
| the source code closed). Third, it means that if 
| youâre the deeply paranoid type who doesnât trust 
| having someone else host your passwords, you can use 
| the software to host the your own service. And if 
| you have the technical chops for it, you can examine 
| the code and determine whether it meets your 
| standards for security.



GPLv3/AGPLv3 Adoption: If It Happened Too Fast, I'd Be Worried

,----[ Quote ]
| Since the release of GPLv3, technology pundits have been opining about how
| adoption is unlikely, usually citing Linux's still-GPLv2 status as (often
| their only) example. Even though I'm a pro-GPLv3 (and, specifically,
| pro-AGPLv3) advocate, I have never been troubled by slow adoption, as long as
| it remained on a linear upswing from release day onward (which it has).



AGPLv3 Keeps Open Source Vibrant in Age of SaaS

,----[ Quote ]
| For all practical purposes, the AGPLv3 is a key advance for everyone involved
| in open source, regardless of if you are a software developer, Internet end
| user or enterprise end user. The AGPLv3 closes the ASP loophole and keeps the
| freedom of open source software alive, in the age of SaaS and hosted
| applications.

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