Saturday, June 14, 2008

Pentaho announces a new license under GPL

Pentaho announced last week its BI Platform under GPLv2 license. The GNU General Public License Version 2 (GPLv2) is a software license published by the Free Software Foundation. Pentaho explains in its license FAQ list.

Pentaho Open BI Suite is consisting of: Pentaho Analysis (Mondrian), Pentaho Data Integration (formerly Kettle), Pentaho Reporting (formerly JFreeReport), and Pentaho Data Mining (Weka).

According Pentaho:"Specifically, the Platform engine core, Platform engine services, Platform engine security, Platform repository, and UI foundation will be changed to the GPLv2 license. Going forward, Pentaho will require third-parties who want to contribute code to these components to release that code under the GPL license."

I think it is a smart move of Pentaho to consolidate as a main BI suite in the open source scenario.

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