Intel withdraws open source license, receives applause

In a message posted to the OSI license-discuss email list on March 29, Intel attorney McCoy Smith wrote, "Intel has been studying internally the issue of license proliferation. One step Intel would like to take to reduce license proliferation (both internally, and externally, to Intel) is to have the "Intel Open Source License" (aka "BSD License with Export Notice") removed from future use as an approved OSI open source license."

Smith went on to say that only about 25 open source projects on SourceForge.net use this license, and since most of them could just as easily use the plain BSD license, "Intel believes the lntel Open Source License could be removed from the approved list without causing significant problems." Projects already licensed under the Intel Open Source License are free to keep using it. But Intel will no longer use it, and isn't recommending its use to anyone else.

News source: NewsForge

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