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Making Sense of GPL

The web, internet, and most other aspects of our connected world runs on open-source software. The open and iterative environment is thanks to open-source licenses, and the original and most prevalent of those licenses is the GNU GPL, or General Public License. This audio course with Morten Rand-Hendriksen covers the origins and history of the GPL, what it is, and how it compares to other popular open-source licenses. Morten also takes a broader look at where the license and open source in general are headed next. The GPL has started popping up in the news in the past few years as open-source licensing discussions become more prevalent and open-source software sees new challenges over everything from security to abuse to commercialization. Understanding where the GPL came from, what it means, and where it’s taking us is important for anyone working with open-source software.

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