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Old 11-15-2018, 09:20 AM   #21
brainwreck
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I'm a bit torn on software licensing. I really like the general spirit of free software licensing and the possibilites of free learning, sharing, and collaboration. At the same time, it seems that developers who maintain control over the direction and development of software tend to produce better-to-use software.

Is there a solid middleground to be had?

It would be nice if any capable person could jump in to fix bugs and address annoyances, but the original developers could maintain direction and development of the project. But it seems that software licensing tends to be at one extreme or the other. If the code is free licensed, anyone can fork the project and potentially dillute efforts of the original developers. At the other end where the source is closed, there is no possibility for anyone outside of the development team to address bugs and annoyances, where users are dependent upon the original developers to address them (if ever).
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