Article: Open Source Software Isn’t As Above Board As You May Think

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Open Source Software Isn’t As Above Board As You May Think

As a person who uses open source, and almost all of us do, this brings up some questions beyond just today’s software features and benefits. As a consumer of open source, how can I minimize risk and maximize the predictability and stability of an open source project into the future? How can I prevent having the license change out from under me in some future release?

First of all, as much as possible, use open source software from gold-standard foundations like ASF and LF. They have an established history of independence and open governance. The software license is not going to change tomorrow. These foundations allow you to be a software consumer, contributor and even participate in its governance and future direction.

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