At ThinkTank this week there was a CIO panel where they discussed things that Open Source solution providers could do to simplify procurement. A big hurdle to Open Source adoption continues to be license proliferation.
I had thought that this hubbub had died down with the release of GPLv3 and the adoption of the CPAL license, but apparently it has not. All CIOs on the panel agreed that if we could all just agree on a license it would make their lives much easier.
Turns out that some people just didn’t buy it. Larry Rosen chimed in: Why isn’t the proliferation of commercial licenses an obstacle for procurement? Don’t you have to deal with hundreds of different commercial licenses?
To which the reply was: Well, to be honest, we don’t read the commercial licenses.