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Popular Open Source Licenses

After solving the question for number of licenses for a single project (please refer my earlier blog ‘Open Source Licenses’ posted on 1-Jul-2007) I got engaged in exploring the actual license which is used most frequently. I used the same data (August 2006 – Ossmole) for the analysis. The results are as follows.




The GNU GPL license dominates the open source development by accounting for more than 64% of the projects. All the other licenses seems to be very project specific and not used widely among the Open Source community barring the 'somewhat' popular BSD license which accounts for about 7% projects.

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