Today, we are launching a project to update the MPL. (Read Mitchell’s blog post). As the first point of contact within Mozilla for licensing issues, I’m often on the receiving end of criticism about the MPL’s rougher edges (such as the amount and inflexibility of the boilerplate required). So I’m looking forward to this process. But I want to focus on the positive changes we can make as much as or more than the things we have to ‘fix’. On that front, I’m particularly hoping that we can help integrate the MPL better with the remainder of the popular Free Software licences – e.g. by achieving Apache compatibility.
While I have hopes and goals for the process, as do the other Mozilla people involved, this is not a validation exercise for pre-existing decisions. There’s a lot still undecided about how MPL.next will look. And we’d love to get your input.