[GRASS5] Terminology: Free Software

Markus Neteler neteler at itc.it
Wed Oct 10 07:33:47 EDT 2001

On Wed, Oct 10, 2001 at 12:22:11PM +0200, Bernhard Reiter wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 10, 2001 at 12:06:09PM +0200, Roger Bivand wrote:
> > So a formal description is:
> > "The Geographic Resources Analysis and Support System (GRASS)
> > Geographic Information System (GIS) is Copyright by the
> > GRASS Development Team headquartered at Baylor University,
> > in Waco, Texas.
> > 
> > This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
> > under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the
> > Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your
> > option) any later version."
> > 
> > as in ./COPYING
> It is correct, except that the development of the 5.x versions
> basically were based in Hannover, lead my Markus Neteler and
> are now based in Trento, Italy, still lead my Markus.
> However this version is long and does not explain that a lot of people
> call Free Software "open source".

A suggestion in general:
 - we should change the phrase on the web page to something better
 - we should also change the GRASS login message which doesn't
   reflect the structure of the team.
 - I don't mind to skip "headquarter", maybe we use the URL instead
   "GRASS is available at: http://..."

As also suggested by Roger Bivand (personal mail), we should have
a look at the phrases used by "R". Their project has a similar structure
with developers spreaded everywhere.

Roger Bivand wrote:
R uses a Development Core Team, and says:
"The bulk of this code is copyright by members of or all of the R
Development Core Team.
See the file COPYING for the exact conditions under which you may
redistribute it."

This is simple, but better than what we currently have.

Just my 0.02 Euro,


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