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Re: [TSVN] Another Icon set

From: Mark Phippard <MarkP_at_softlanding.com>
Date: 2004-12-16 17:05:34 CET

SteveKing <steveking@gmx.ch> wrote on 12/16/2004 10:41:53 AM:
> I'm not a lawyer. But as far as I'm concerned: everyone is free to use
> whatever part of this project for whatever they like. The only thing I
> want to make sure is that if someone else uses parts of this project
> - proper credit is given, i.e. it's mentioned somewhere that parts are
> from TSVN
> - if changes are made to those parts (e.g. bugfixes, improvements) that
> these changes are sent back to us so we can decide if we want to include

> those changes back into TSVN
> - the parts from TSVN aren't sold commercially but distributed freely.
> That's basically all I want.
> Hmmm - maybe we should change the license of TSVN to something else than

> the GPL?

In my opinion, using the Subversion license would make sense, and I think
has the "spirit" of all that you ask. Although, I believe someone is more
obligated under the GPL to contribute modifications back to you, then they
are under the Subversion license.

I do not believe you can prevent someone from selling TSVN commerically
with any open license. The idea is that since they have to contribute
back their changes, "market forces" should make it impractical as a
business model.

My company is porting the Subversion server to OS/400. We are going to
contribute back everything we do, as well as provide free binaries
(compiling on OS/400 is not trivial as there is no make or configure), but
we do intend to sell commerical support packages in the OS/400
marketplace. We are also going to have a custom installer for the Windows
clients that installs Subclipse, TortoiseSVN and the Command Line under
the previously mentioned common build and structure. Our intent is to
contribute to all of these projects, but frankly, in the case of
TortoiseSVN you are so productive it is hard to know where we could pitch
in -- even the TSVN docs are already top quality. Also, at the moment our
C resources are working on the port of Subversion. Other than that, we
have mainly focused on getting Subclipse so that it is near the quality
level of TortoiseSVN.


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