Open Source CDE petition. (and Motif !)

Open Source CDE petition. (and Motif !)

Post by Peter Howk » Thu, 05 Oct 2006 08:28:57

Are you interested in the idea of CDE becoming
Open Source?

If so consider signing the petition on this site,
which I'll send on to The Open Group.

With additional background information here.

If you've any questions feel free to ask
or email me for more information.

Peter Howkins

Open Source CDE petition. (and Motif !)

Post by Michel Bar » Fri, 06 Oct 2006 23:07:26

On 3 Oct 2006 16:28:57 -0700, "Peter Howkins" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >

I wont touch that with a 10-foot poll :-). "OSI approved license"
indeed! I certainly dont want MOTIF to be release under a BSD or MIT
license (allowing proprietary derivatives) or GPL (with the viral
implications). You should rephrase the petition to mention a
*specific* license.



Open Source CDE petition. (and Motif !)

Post by Peter Howk » Sat, 07 Oct 2006 02:56:56

I'm unable to change the wording of the petition after people
have signed it (for the obvious reason of not changing what
people have agreed with).

But personally I wouldn't have an issue with CDE
being released under any of the licenses you mention.
But I understand your concerns with regard to a GPLd
Motif, you wouldn't want previously closed source apps
written against motif being forced to open, or not be
available on platforms where an open source Motif
was installed. But I don't have issues with a BSD or
MIT license. As long as the license terms are known
up front people will always have an informed choice
to make when contributing too, or using code from
an open source project.

With regard to Open Group's more recent choices of
Open licenses. DCE, a suite of programs for distributed
computer was released under the GNU LGPL.

So, in summary, it seems that The Open Group
have a much finer grasp of license mechanics than
when the OpenMotif code was released.

Peter Howkins

Open Source CDE petition. (and Motif !)

Post by arahn » Sat, 07 Oct 2006 03:08:18

Oh no, the license war!
I think at current sad state of affairs any OSI license will do.
I don't think people will fork it left and right, given BSD
or MIT license, and I do not expect huge new developments,
so that sharing of new code would be an issue.

An OSI license would make life easier to to people who
still want to use CDE or Motif, and would take away one
argument from Motif haters, currently doing the purge
of Linux distributions.
Motif haters will still hate Motif, under any license, but
at least they will not be able to make our life difficult
in the name of freedom.

Best regards,

Dun Peterc