It’s been almost three years since SugarCRM adopted the GPLv3 open source license for the Sugar Community Edition version 5.0 that went into beta in the summer of 2007. Since becoming a GPLv3 software product, the community has embraced this very popular public license and Sugar Community Edition files have been downloaded over 1.5 million times from every country in the world.
Being the public license enthusiasts we are, we follow closely the developments around licenses coming from the Free Software Foundation. We’ve been particularly interested in the GNU Affero General Public License (AGPLv3) since it was first published in November 2007. We agree with the “hosting as commercial distribution” provision that was added to the GPL to create the APGL and feel it applies well to our intention that the Sugar Community Edition source code is to be shared in all circumstances. We’ve been contemplating changing to the AGPLv3 for some time now.
Since Sugar Community Edition version 6.0 is going into beta this week, we felt it was an appropriate time to change from the GPLv3 to the AGPLv3. Therefore starting with version 6.0.0, the Sugar Community Edition will now be licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License version 3.
We look forward to the sharing of Sugar CE source code in all uses of Sugar going forward.