The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence got a boost this week with the release of the first open source code from setiQuest.

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7 years 19 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago


license is apache 2.0

The title of the blog is Pragmatic Open Source. So pragmatic that stating the license doesn't even matter. NetworkWorld Fail.

Upon investigation, there's a LGPL 2.1 COPYING file in the root of the setiCode module, but the Apache license appears in the boilerplate of the .java files.

The website [1] says that the license for the software is Apache License 2.0. It also says:
"Attribution *MUST* be: “Licensed through SETI” in all published uses of the software including analytics based on the software, combined and merged software, papers, articles, books, reports, web pages, etc." [emphasis added]

Licensing matters when stating a software has been "open-sourced". The "open source" term is so nebulous that the only way to be precise about reporting which computing freedoms that have been granted is to state the actual licenses involved.

1. http://setiquest.org/join-the-quest/software/license