qooxdoo as an Open Source project has come a long way. As such it has always been and will continue to be available under liberal open-source licenses.
In order to simplify on the current, rather complex dual-licensing scheme (LGPL/EPL), as well as to better align with licenses typically applied to similar JS frameworks nowadays, qooxdoo is going to update to the
MIT License, http://opensource.org/licenses/MIT.
The MIT license is very popular, and also being pretty straightforward it is easily been applied by users and contributors. Simplifying and modernizing qooxdoo’s licensing terms is one of the steps to further open up the project and to make it easier for the open-source community to contribute and participate, now under more comprehensible terms.
With the proposed change to the MIT license all past and current collaborators with substantial contributions to qooxdoo (i.e. documented by the copyright in the file headers) are going to be contacted by email and asked for agreeing to the updated licensing terms. Given the benefits and the lack of real disadvantages with regard to switching from the previous dual-licensing of the Lesser General Public License (LGPL) & the Eclipse Public License (EPL) towards the MIT License, we expect to receive the contributors’ Ok soon.
Once this round of feedback has been successfully completed, code base and documentation are going to adjust terms properly, and ultimately a future qooxdoo 6.0 release will ship under the MIT license.
Thanks to the qooxdoo open-source community for supporting these improvements.