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Re: SWISH-E License

From: Bill Moseley <moseley(at)>
Date: Wed May 21 2003 - 17:56:52 GMT
On Wed, May 21, 2003 at 10:22:24AM -0700, Roy Tennant wrote:

> What I'm finding too restrictive is the religious nature of the 
> license. That is, it isn't enough that this specific application be 
> open source, it must force every other application with which it comes 
> into contact be open source as well. Frankly, I'd prefer that we create 
> software that enables a lot of great things to happen, of all different 
> stripes. But then, I've never been very religious so maybe it's just me.

Ignorance is bliss.  I've never been 100% clear on that requirement.  The GPL says "work 
based on the Program" which I find vague.  If you have a proprietary program but you want to 
provide a search engine for your included HTML documentation does that mean everything in 
that package has to be open source?  Seem like a big gray area.

To compare, search engines similar to swish-e are htdig and mnoGoSearch and both are GPL.

I have two desires: If someone is using swish-e then I think it should be easy to find out
that fact.  Doesn't mean there needs to be a logo showing Swish-e, but in the docs or README
or someplace not too hard to find.

Second, I do want to promote Open Source.  But in a reasonable way.  

I'm not religious either and I've seen RMS at a few conferences and talks and I'm happy for
what he has done, but he's a bit extreme for my tastes.

> > How much money is left in the legal budget, Roy?
> We have just as much left in that budget as we began with, you crazy nut...<grin> Roy

Oh, then who paid for that trip to Hawaii?  Anyway, that's good so we can continue to pursue
our license infringement suits.

Bill Moseley
Received on Wed May 21 17:56:56 2003