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Socialtext Open good, but under the MPL?

I'm glad to hear that Socialtext Open is now the first "commercial open source" wiki and I'm interested to see how the Socialtext move plays out. I do wonder why they choose MPL instead of CDDL, which is basically MPL plus bug fixes (see the summary of changes).

Tags: topic:[CDDL], topic:[Open Source], topic:[wiki]

I think you'd need a comment from Mozilla to the effect that they agree with the CDDL's improvements to be able to convince people to use CDDL and not MPL. As it is, unless you're used to reading deeply into the issues, I'd guess that people would choose MPL over CDDL because the latter is tied to a for-profit corporation.

Posted by Henri Yandell on July 26, 2006 at 01:41 PM EDT #

I'm not sure how deeply you have to read. If you just skim the licenses you see that CDDL is generic but MPL is tied to specific organizations and locales. To quote Danese Cooper: "MPL language is very specific. It not only names Netscape and Mozilla as Original Contributors...it stipulates Santa Clara, California as the venue and legal jurisdiction for any legal actions associated with the MPL."

Posted by Dave Johnson on July 26, 2006 at 02:14 PM EDT #

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