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Subject: Re: [Boost-users] Apple iPod uses Boost
From: jedlund_at_[hidden]
Date: 2008-10-18 17:51:25

> I haven't seen the Boost License being used outside of Boost, although
> certainly the license can be applied to any open source software. Since
> the Boost license is similar to the BSD style license, it is likely that
> an open source project would choose one of the more popular BSD or MIT
> style licenses.

The Boost Software License (BSL1.0) has been used by a number of other
projects. The POCO project is one user:

SourceForge has 17 projects listed as using the BSL1.0:
(of which 2 are Boost related).

I'm sure that this is not a comprehensive list.

Before/during the creation of the BSL1.0, other opensource licenses were
examined and found unsatisfactory. Some of this discussion is at , more can also be found at

If you agree with the reasons for the creation of BSL1.0, then it makes
sense to use it for your projects and to prefer software that uses it.

Particular things I like about the BSL1.0:

1) The single form of the BSL1.0 license means that I don't have to worry
about all the minor modifications that seem to appear when people edit BSD
style licenses for their project.

2) I don't have to edit the license (and worry about possible legal
ramifications) or include it in every file. The short form is enough:
// Copyright Joe Coder 2004 - 2006.
// Distributed under the Boost Software License, Version 1.0.
// (See accompanying file LICENSE_1_0.txt or copy at

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