"The crusade against open-source abuse" - Anon
about 2 years ago
d3d1rty - #7
about 2 years ago

Replying to: OP

>The behavior of cloud infrastructure providers poses an existential threat to open source. Cloud infrastructure providers are not evil. Current open-source licenses allow them to take open-source software verbatim and offer it as a commercial service without giving back to the open-source projects or their commercial shepherds.

Amazon recently released an open source Java SDK named Corretto, which flies in the face of what this article is suggesting. Cloud providers do often give-back to open-source projects or release open-source projects of their own.

I fail to see how SaaS offerings of FOSS projects poses an existential problem for those FOSS projects; it seems more likely that those SaaS offerings would lead to greater exposure and adoption of those FOSS projects, which itself would lead to increased contributions to the project as new users of the software find/fix bugs or extend the functionality.

The SSPL seems to be a bit of an overreach, in my opinion. Running a MongoDB-as-a-Service option is a legitimate use of the software, and complying with the new obligations imposed by this license will likely prevent most vendors from offering such a service. Where there are vendors providing a service, there are people using said service--people that now will either have to maintain their own MongoDB store or switch to a different database. Given that those users likely had reasons for using a MongoDB-as-a-Service offering, I think that it's more likely that they will make the switch to a different database offered by their service provider.

I can't help but think that maybe the projects fighting against the cloud providers are shooting themselves in the foot.

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