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RE: [TSVN] To GPL or not to GPL

From: Michael Tiller <mtiller_at_emmeskay.com>
Date: 2005-08-24 19:35:26 CEST

> > 3) Should someone be able to base a proprietary project on TSVN?
>
> Who would want to? As Nicolas said, TSVN is a mature product and
> self-contained. Anyone releasing TurtleSVN would have to compete with
> the free version from Stefan - personally I would not bother buying
> shares in that company ;-)

Well, I certainly considered it at one point for a project I was working on.
As may be clear by my other recent post, I'm trying to get a certain class
of users (not software developers) to embrace version control. TSVN is as
close as I can get to what I need but I'd still like to go further. Judging
by the response my recent proposal (along these lines) got here, I'm
definitely no holding my breath that the free version will implement such
changes. As such, I would see a possibility to create a highly customized,
commercial variation of TSVN for the customer group I have in mind.

But, because TSVN is GPL'd, I ruled such a project out immediately and I'm
currently taking a different approach.

Just an FYI.

> 2) Commercial enterprises will not bother own-branding it if they have
> to distribute source code. That pre-supposes that someone will want to
> do this (see above). As the original source is available from us, even a
> BSD license doesn't make things much better for them.

As I pointed out...not necessarily.

> And if someone *does* commercialise it, or just integrate it into a
> larger package, GPL only requires copyright notices in the source code
> (and maybe the license file?). Most users never look at source code.
> Other licences can require you to display attribution more prominently.
> OK, we will never get a big banner, but we might at least appear in the
> doc and the about box.

I don't understand this comment. Who cares about copyright notices, the GPL
would require me to provide the source code to my commercial application.
That is the issue.

> BTW, the license we are currently looking at is Apache 2.0. It is beefed
> up a bit from the 1.1 version which Subversion uses, but it is not a
> copyleft license.

I missed the start of this thread. Are you saying that TSVN might be
available under an Apache license in the future? If so, when?

> Simon

--
Mike
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