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Re: Redistributing TortoiseMerge and TortoiseIDiff in commercial application

From: Vinay Gandhi <vinaygandhi_at_hotmail.com>
Date: 2007-10-29 15:27:52 CET

Thank you for clarifying the license and workaround for the problem.

In this situation,

Q1. Is it possible for us to create a separate install (e.g. TortoiseCompare) containing only

1. TortoiseIMerge
2. TortoiseIDiff
3. Required dlls

and host it on our website with link to TortoiseSVN website.

Q2. If we are allowed to host the install "TortoiseCompare" on our website, will it be possible to invoke "TortoiseCompare"
installer from our commerical application installer? The commerical application installer will download and configure it
automatically during its own install.


Vinay Gandhi

----- Original Message -----
From: "Stefan Küng" <tortoisesvn@gmail.com>
To: <dev@tortoisesvn.tigris.org>
Cc: <vinaygandhi@hotmail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2007 8:14 AM
Subject: Re: Redistributing TortoiseMerge and TortoiseIDiff in commercial application

Vinay Gandhi wrote:
> Hello TortoiseSVN Team,
> We are a regular user of TortoiseSVN and SVN subversion control system.
> We use TortoiseMerge for comparing text files under revision control
> system. Our company has developed a program which can integrate external
> "compare" programs in our application. We are looking for text and image
> compare program to integrate with our application so that customers do
> not have to download and manually configure them. It would be very nice
> if we can distribute compare programs preconfigured.
> We do not link with external program such as TortoiseMerge and
> TortoiseIDiff.
> As these products are available under GPL licenses, we were thinking if
> it is possible to distribute these two programs to our customers
> preconfigured within our commercial applications.

I'm sorry, but the GPL clearly states that distributing applications
under GPL bundled with commercial applications is not allowed.
The only thing you could do is to provide TortoiseMerge and
TortoiseIDiff separately and add some configuration script in your
application to integrate those diff apps once users download and install
them separately.

If you want to host those applications on your website (separately from
your commercial apps - it *must* be a separate download), you must also
provide a link to our website and a link to the sourcecode - that's what
the GPL asks you to do.

And currently, those diff applications don't work 'standalone' which
means users can only get them together with TortoiseSVN. This however
will change in the upcoming 1.5 release where I will provide those apps
as standalone programs too.


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