Since the center of the Maven community lies within communities that value the Apache license, I feel compelled to add some explanation for people who want to know more about what went into this decision. In this post, I’m going to walk you through what went into this decision and talk about some of the general ground rules we’re following when it comes to making license decisions.
Why we chose the GPL license for Nexus
Normally we would have used a BSD/MIT/Apache license for software that we develop. This is what we’re used to, with most of our developers having been active in the Apache community for years, we’re all very familiar with the philosophy behind this license. When we announced that Nexus was going to be released under a GPL license, some of our colleagues wanted to know how a group of Apache participants decided to use the GNU Public License? Continue reading