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Re: [TSVN] To GPL or not to GPL

From: Nathan Kidd <nathan-svn_at_spicycrypto.ca>
Date: 2005-08-19 20:42:21 CEST

Simon Large wrote:
> No license I know of will force anyone to contribute improvements,
> and I don't think either one is better than the other at encouraging
> people to do so.
[snip]
> Neither license will *stop* parts being sold commercially, but GPL
> requires that anyone who does so must also supply the source.

Which is, to me, the point. If someone makes improvements to TSVN and
then starts distributing it, everyone else gets those improvements back
as something of a 'payment' for the main work done in the first place.

GPL provides this, BSD/Apache licenses don't. As long as everyone plays
'nice' GPL vs. BSD/Apache may not make a huge practical difference, but
sadly Sleazy&Co seems to be an expanding franchise.

Besides allowing harmonization of licenses, is there another
reason to go with Apache/BSD license? (Besides "some people would
contribute if we used license foo" because I think the inverse is at
least partially, if not fully, true.)

> In practical terms, no company could ever compete with Stefan for
> productivity, so a commercial version of TSVN is just not going to
> happen. Any commercial product would have to be *much* better to
> persuade people to pay, and it is already the best :-)

I agree it is the best! :) But the power of vendor branching and easy
merging in svn means that nobody has to compete with Stefan. They just
keep merging in his changes (very little work) while adding in their own.

-Nathan

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