I wrote a medium size program for chip design and released it under the . In this field the world is moving towards cloud services.

Now a research group wants to contribute. Google promises to pay them - but only if I change the licence to something else. Google does not like the APGL. If I don't change the licence a group of students will rewrite the tool. (Likely under a permissive licence.)

What would you do?

@t0k was this a thought exercise or a real scenario? Assuming the latter , got a link to your project? I'd like to help promote your agpl original

@klaatu It's a real scenario.

That's the repo: codeberg.org/librecell/lctime

(here it was originally, but I'm reorganizing the code base codeberg.org/tok/librecell)

'lctime' very specific to the design of digital integrated circuits. lctime does 'characterization'. This means simulating the signal propagation speeds in logic cells (inverters, AND gates, flip-flops and the like).


@klaatu lctime is a command-line tools. That may not sound like a typical case for the AGPL. But I observe a growing trend towards cloud-based services for electronic design automation.
'Characterization' is very compute intense because it runs tons of circuit simulations. Therefore it is very interesting to wrap that into a service. That's why I chose the AGPL.

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