By Tom ClarkThe Linux Foundation and the FreeBSD Foundation have decided to work together on an open source license that will provide a more uniform standard for open source software licenses, and the new licenses will allow for greater flexibility.
Both organizations are aiming to provide more flexibility to developers and the public in the areas of security and quality of the code, and this new license will be open source.
“This is great news for open-source developers and anyone who wants to use the Linux platform to do business,” said Brian Behlendorf, the chief operating officer of the Linux Foundation.
“For those who are interested in open source, this is a great way to get started.”
The FreeBSD Foundation has already started its work with the Linux licensing committee, which will review the FreeBSD licensing standards, and has started the development of a new open source version of FreeBSD.
The new licenses are not the same as those currently being developed by the Linux kernel licensing committee and will not be subject to the same licensing restrictions.
However, Behlenderff said that the FreeBSD licenses will be similar to those currently used in the open source Linux community, but will be much more robust and consistent.
“There are going to be some things that will be new and some things are going out of date,” he said.
“We’ve got to make sure that we don’t get rid of things we don to keep them up to date.”
In fact, Behnendorf said that it would be very hard to keep up with all the changes that have occurred since the FreeBSD foundation began the project.
“It’s going to take a long time to get all the new features and all the updates out,” he added.
“But if we can make sure there’s no major bugs that can break people’s computers, we’ll have a lot more time to work on it.”
For more information on FreeBSD and open source licensing, read the FreeBSD License FAQ.