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comment What kinds of Open-Source licenses are NOT OK to use internally in a corporation?
@BasileStarynkevitch, I got my answer, and I'm happy with it, but thank you anyway.
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comment What kinds of Open-Source licenses are NOT OK to use internally in a corporation?
@BasileStarynkevitch, because of Robert's answer, the viral portion of GPL, if the company decides to distribute it. I'd rather err on the side of caution. Thanks.
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comment What kinds of Open-Source licenses are NOT OK to use internally in a corporation?
@Brandin, I think we're only talking about libraries here, not tools. Maybe that will help reconcile the discussion. Tools aren't going to be distributed. I'm willing to make that assumption.
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comment What kinds of Open-Source licenses are NOT OK to use internally in a corporation?
@cpast, you are absolutely correct in what you say. But what I've learned from this question is that if what is internal today ever becomes external, then you run into a problem, right? So I need to at least be aware of that and think about the odds of that happening. At best I could have a contingency plan to replace that library with a commercial product in that event. I guess that would depend on the company and the app (is it potentially sellable). Business folks, like lawyers, can occasionally shock me with how different their thought process is from mine.
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comment What kinds of Open-Source licenses are NOT OK to use internally in a corporation?
@Brandin, well, a few folks here seem to think it's a problem, but if I find a cool library that is GPL, I can use Linux to argue to be able to use it. So, thanks :)
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comment What kinds of Open-Source licenses are NOT OK to use internally in a corporation?
@Brandin, also see the answer here, which goes into how a GPL can be problematic even internally (now I sound like a lawyer lol). Not to mention the scenario where internal becomes external. I know, I so wish GPL and actually anything was OK. Taint so. :(
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comment What kinds of Open-Source licenses are NOT OK to use internally in a corporation?
@Brandin, what specifically do you mean by "contribute" (pay, improve the code, post boilerplate)? Anyway, the problem is that any "common sense" I think I have when it comes to interpreting "terms" goes out the window in a legal arena where "common sense" as we know it is set aside completely and is replaced by whatever lawyers abide by (I've been in divorce court; trust me, I know). Using any kind of license, short / long, without first consulting war veterans who may have learned the hard way (or just through being smart), would be a reckless thing for me to do.
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comment What kinds of Open-Source licenses are NOT OK to use internally in a corporation?
I only found 3 distinct licenses among my libraries (see edit). Any specific thoughts about those? And then I'll mark as answer. Thanks Robert!
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comment What kinds of Open-Source licenses are NOT OK to use internally in a corporation?
@MasonWheeler, GPL bad. MPL good. Got it. Thanks.
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comment I have one afternoon to extol the benefits of .NET over VB6… what do I say?
It's 3 years later, I'm just following up. I asked the same question and was advised on here just to leave the company (b/c they are not going to change). 6 months later, I did just that (b/c sure enough, they weren't ever going to change). I consider it a smart move. Did you quit?
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accepted Filling the gap between Conception and Unit Test
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comment Filling the gap between Conception and Unit Test
are you a .net developer? if i post a question on "software recommendations" will you answer it over there? I'm stuck without ~a way of doing it~. Thanks.
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comment Filling the gap between Conception and Unit Test
Sounds like you know your process and you don't get stuck between concept and unit test. Would you mind sketching the flow in terms of tools / artifacts (in the .Net stack if possible). (e.g., "I use accept stories in Accept3000, which automatically create system tests in SuperSystemTesterNet, then for each one I ..., which integrates into NUnit tests")