Hi all, I was hoping to gather some opinions on the choice of license for releasing some of our codebase as open source.
GNU AGPLv3 is a very appealing license for a range of reasons (many of which are summarised by another project here: https://plausible.io/blog/open-source-licenses).
However... I see many articles like: https://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10-things/dont-believe-the-hype-agpl-open-source-licensing-is-toxic-and-unpopular/ that claim there a big problems... and contrariwise: https://medium.com/swlh/understanding-the-agpl-the-most-misunderstood-license-86fd1fe91275 that claims its just because people misunderstand the license.
I believe Google and other big business refuse to touch anything with an AGPL license.
In my mind, the AGPL is a great license from a business point of view - it's the most protective open source license, particularly as we develop browser-based software that we intend to host via cloud instances in the future.
However, it seems like big companies and individual developers have problems with AGPL and, to be honest, I can't think of a bit of software that I use that is AGPL.
I guess my question is: despite the obvious protection AGPL gives a small SaaS company, are the perceived negatives and lack of community uptake enough to negate all these positives?
Thanks for your thoughts!