As Fabrizio reported, Funambol submitted the Affero GNU’ GPLv3 to the Open Source Initiative for approval (it was my first task as Funambol Community Manager).’ OSI’s stamp on AGPLv3 makes business sense for Funambol, afaik the first big free software project to adopt AGPLv3 as soon as it was announced. Open Source is a recognized brand,’ a magnet for media attention and helps drive value to companies.’ Free software business needs a common brand as a marketing tool and OSI provides that.
I still believe that OSI’s refusal to talk about principles is its biggest weakness (even though lately Raymond noted that there are principles behind licenses) and a very dangerous one.’ On the other hand, OSI has no competition (or help) especially after the failure to launch the GNU Business Network by FSFE.
What’s interesting is that Funambol’s management has got the Free/Libre Software principles right.’ As Fabrizio writes:
Big Google, a company that could not stand the ASP loophole because they built their entire business on it, manages to get that provision out of GPL v3 and runs to get it approved by the OSI (BTW, it was approved).
Now it is the Funambol turn. Hoping more people will choose AGPL versus GPL, because giving hosters and portals a free lunch is just a bad idea. If they want to use it for free, at least get their code back.
The market will give the answer about the AGPLv3 adoption, but I’m confident that this year will be fun to be into this community.