The companys software was previously licensed under a variation of the MPL (Mozilla Public License), with a clause requiring attribution.
Alfresco was far from alone in its previous use of a customized, MPL-style license. Others included SugarCRM, Socialtext, Scalix, and Zimbra. None of these licenses, however, had been approved yet by the Open Source Initiative (OSI), the body that governs open-source licenses.
Now, however, according to Danese Cooper, Intels senior director of open source strategy and secretary/treasurer of the OSI, there seems to be a growing trend back to the GPLv2 from the customized MPLs.
"ComPiere Inc.," an ERP (enterprise resource planning) and CRM (customer relationship management) software company, Cooper said, "made the same choice a couple of months ago."
Alfresco seemingly agrees. In its press release, the company stated that Alfresco is leading what is expected to be an increasing number of open-source application companies to adopt the GPL.