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    Phoronix: Maximal: A New Open-Source License...

    Some user, after having communicated with Richard Stallman, decided to write a new open-source license. This new open-source license is quite simple and is being called Maximal...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTA5NTQ

  • #2
    This guy doesn't even use properly "it's" and "its" in the license text. Probably noble but worthless effort, hardly worth my comment or a phoronix article.

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    • #3
      Is this email a joke?

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      • #4
        This will be remembered as the day that changed the open-source industry.

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        • #5
          Doesn't even talk about patents

          Which makes it a worthless licence..

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          • #6
            So, someone farts a three-line license, and it becomes news now...?

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            • #7
              Actually, I think he wrote it after talking with me in the FSF priority projects thread more so than after talking with RMS.

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              • #8
                This license would not have any value inside a court so it's useless.

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                • #9
                  It'd be fun to see this checked by an actual lawyer. A lot of the verbosity of current licenses is to accomodate different local laws, and to make the text precise enough to hold in court. The unfortunate thing about the legal system is that you can't rely on common sense or intentions, so it's quite possible that this license isn't even enforceable in its current state.

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                  • #10
                    wtf

                    This is not newsworthy.
                    The idiot who wrote it knows as little about IP law as he knows about grammar and spelling.
                    Who wrote this, some 10-year-old kid?
                    I wouldn't expect it to stand up in court.

                    If you want a good license, check out the ISC license, it is similar to the 2-clause BSD and MIT license, but even shorter due to things being striped out that were made redundant by the Berne convention.

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                    • #11
                      For those that haven't noticed, all Phoronix news is not written very seriously... if there's a Linux event/news that's also funny, entertaining, weird, or interesting, it also sometimes gets mentioned - especially if it's going to lead into an interesting forum discussion. Note that this article is titled "A New Open-Source License..." and begins with "Some user, after having..." I certainly don't think Maximal will be overtaking the GPL anytime soon
                      Michael Larabel
                      http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                      • #12
                        I definatly spured more comments then a lot of othere (and serious) news have

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                        • #13
                          Sounds like a product of, or inspired by the Linux Action Show.
                          http://www.jupiterbroadcasting.com/
                          "Negative in the freedom dimension" started it off.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by AJenbo View Post
                            I definatly spured more comments then a lot of othere (and serious) news have
                            I'm guessing that you're the author of the license (or maybe you both had the same English teacher).

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                            • #15
                              Defiantly not, I'm a bit dyslexic though.

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