MongoDB, an open source database management system developer, announced that their product will now be distributed under the Server Side Public License (SSPL). This decision was made because of the large number of providers that used MongoDB code to provide commercial services to customers. At the same time, the creators of the instrument themselves did not receive any deductions.
As the developers claim, for ordinary users working with the public server, nothing will change, the restrictions of the new license will not affect them. However, providers wishing to use the source code of the system to create their own commercial services will either have to purchase a commercial license or provide the community with access to the source code of their development.
The Server Side Public License is not much different from the GNU AGPLv3, under which MongoDB was distributed earlier. A standard developed by database creators affects the SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) distribution model, which has recently become popular. Eliot Horowitz, co-founder of the company, believes that using the new license will help protect and inspire even more open source developers.
Eliot Horowitz said he and his colleagues had a choice. They could make their product completely closed or transfer key files under a closed license. However, the leadership of MongoDB decided that open source makes it possible to create better and safer software, and the use of different licenses in one product prevents the integrity of its perception. As a result, it was decided to create a new type of license.
In this approach, however, there may be opponents. MongoDB is a commercial organization, and, despite an open license, works for profit. Some adherents of Open Source believe that such actions are contrary to the very concept of open source software.
The Open Source Initiative already has a number of different licenses for open source software. However, technology does not stand still, and SSPL may be in demand among developers.