I’m happy to announce that Openfire will be moving to a more liberal open source license – Apache 2.0. Apache 2.0 provides significantly more flexiblity than the GPL in virtually every way, so it should be a big win for the community all around. We expect to get all the source code headers updated for the next release. There were several motivations for making this change:
- The GPL license was preventing some companies from using Openfire due to corporate policies
- There was no reason to keep using GPL and end-users generally seem to prefer Apache
- We’d like to encourage a broader range of commercial companies to contribute to the project and the Apache license is a good way to help make that happen
Would be happy to answer question or comments.