The Hacking Open Source Business Podcast

Is Sentry's FSL the solution to Open Source challenges? w/ Chad Whitacre from Sentry - EP. 35

January 11, 2024 Matt Yonkovit & Avi Press Season 1 Episode 35
The Hacking Open Source Business Podcast
Is Sentry's FSL the solution to Open Source challenges? w/ Chad Whitacre from Sentry - EP. 35
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Explore the evolution of Sentry's licensing journey with Chad Whitacre in this episode of the Hacking Open Source Business Podcast (Ep. 35). Discover the motivations behind Sentry's shift from the traditional BSD license to the innovative Functional Source License (FSL). Chad delves deep into the challenges of balancing user freedom and developer sustainability in the open source landscape. Gain insights into how Sentry safeguards open source projects and whether the FSL holds the key to achieving harmony in the dynamic world of open source software. Join us for a thought-provoking conversation on the future of open source licenses and Sentry's unique approach to navigating this evolving terrain.

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Introduction
What is FSL?
The history of Sentry's licenses
Why did they decide to change licenses?
Has the license change impacted adoption and contributions?
Contributing to Sentry
Why did Sentry start in the open source space in the first place?
Managing the expectations can make or break the community's reaction
Is FSL still open source?
What's the difference between FSL and open source?
Wrap up