As GigaOM reported two weeks ago, mobile and web app developers were initially intrigued by the new framework but then some of their ardor cooled when they realized Meteor was under the General Public License (GPL). Commenters on GigaOM and on StackOverflow lamented this choice, saying it would limit their ability to use the framework for commercial software development.
According to nkoren’s post to Hacker News last week:
As exciting as Meteor is (VERY!), their approach to licensing kills it for me. The products I am working on cannot be licensed under GPL for a large number of reasons, and their “talk to us and we’ll see what we can do” policy puts too much risk into my business plan … So, with considerable regret — because it looks awesome — Meteor is unusable to me. I’m certain that many other people are in the same boat.
The suggestion on Hacker News was for the Meteor people to put the framework instead under the MPL, BSD or MIT license. It appears that Meteor listened.