A few days ago, it was suggested to re-license the OpenFOAM® code, currently regulated by the GPL 3 license, under the Lesser General Public License (LGPL). The suggestion came from the leader of the -extend project (see comment 1 for a clarification), which is a community driven initiative, not associated with OpenCFD, the producers of OpenFOAM. The idea behind re-licensing is of increasing the number of users of the code, and to “free up” the code more.
OpenCFD, who legally own the OpenFOAM trademark, stated their position on the topic today, with an article on their website, clarifying that their release will remain under the GPL license, and will never switch to a weaker version of it, like the LGPL.
OpenCFD did the right thing. Kudos to them!
Update: On March 1st 2011, OpenCFD launched their campaign “Keep OpenFOAM® open and free“.
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