[JDEV] Re: Open Source?
mass at akuma.org
Thu Feb 27 11:12:25 CST 2003
I would suggest you read the Open Source Definition (at
http://www.opensource.org/docs/definition.php) before calling your
software Open-Source. In particular, your licensing does not meet
sections 1 and 6.
Sebastiaan Deckers wrote:
> 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
> 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.
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