[JDEV] Re: Open Source?

chicago5 at gmx.de chicago5 at gmx.de
Thu Feb 27 05:35:04 CST 2003


I guess it depends on the interpretation of open source. As long as rhymbox
is not GPL'd, the term open source is more or less meaningless, for me as a
developer all my source code is open source :)

I do not to stab sebastiaan, but i'd choose a proper license model... it
helps a lot. several companys wanted to obtain and buy/whatever sourcecode from
me, too, and with a proper licence model everything gets sorted quite fast. 

hope this helps...

> Ok, time for some clarification.
> I'm one of the two RhymBox developers.  Shalom contacted me a few days 
> ago with this very same question and I answered his questions, as I do 
> with every request.  I did not receive any response from him.  Whatever.
> > Shalom Levytam wrote:
> > 
> > Thanks, this helps a bit.
> >
> > I guess Rhymbox is closed source then...
> Take a look in the subdirectory "src" where you installed RhymBox.  It 
> contains all scripts, HTML and CSS that you need to modify the GUI.
> The source code for the .exe framework is not distributed because pretty 
> much the only reason you would need that is to create commercial 
> application based on RhymBox.  And we don't want that right now.
> We do however give out that source code to friends, people we trust, 
> people who pay, etc.  Contact me directly for more about this.  JDEV is 
> not a mailing list about one client.
>  > Tijl Houtbeckers wrote:
> > "
> > Free services
> > RhymBox client and Jabber server
> > We offer a next-generation Jabber client. RhymBox is open source and 
> > free of charge for personal use. "
> > 
> > It doesn't state what licence though, but "free of charge for personal 
> > use" sort of implies not free for commercial use Perhaps a more clear 
> > licence is provided in the download (since it's a DHTML application I 
> > assume source is bundled with the download (or maybe there's a way to 
> > compile DHTML these days).
> There are ways to conceil DHTML code but they are flawed, hardly worth 
> the effort and the exact opposite of what "open-source" means to the 
> RhymBox project.  The license states something like "you can modify the 
> source code as long as you don't make a million bucks selling it behind 
> our backs".  Not in those words though. ;-)
> The license is the first screen of the installer, and is also placed in 
> the installation directory ("License.txt") for reviewing.
> We want people to be able to tweak the program interface, to learn about 
> the Jabber protocol, to have an example of programming for the different 
> libraries and languages that we use.  Nothing more.
> -- 
> Sebastiaan
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