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I disagree with the part that recommends BSD instead of GPL. It's a myth that GPL doesn't allow software to be used for commercial ends. It only forces the person to contribute back the changes, letting the others profit from their work as they profited from theirs.

As someone who's worked with OSS while employed at a very large company, using BSD licensed software is infinitely easier than GPL. GPLv3 was likely to be flat out banned and even GPLv2 required many approvals and a long process from legal - all this to even use it internally where it would never directly impact a customer. GPL is simply too dangerous for many companies to touch, and those that do have a disturbingly high rate of failure to comply with all terms.

If the goal of making your software open source is to allow anyone to use it, GPL makes that _harder_.

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