[GRASS5] Proprietory Frontend for Mac OS X (was: Grass Projection Parameters)
glynn.clements at virgin.net
Sun Feb 24 13:47:37 EST 2002
Jan-Oliver Wagner wrote:
> Consider this scenario: Jeshua markets his GUI frontend
> successfully and sponsors development of GRASS.
> At some point the developers think it is a good
> idea to change the infrastructure in a way that would
> make it incompatible with the proprietary GUI frontend.
> With the financial dependency, would the developers
> be entirely free in technological decision making?
It would depend upon the extent to which GRASS was actually
*dependent* upon that sponsorship. Ultimately, anyone who wasn't happy
with decisions taken by the "official" maintainers would be free to
take a copy of the GRASS code and go their own way.
> Jeshua, I hope you make a hell lot of money with a GUI frontend,
> but please with a Free Software one. It makes sense and will work!
> According to your initial statement, Mac users will buy the nice
> colored box from the shelf where you have placed Free Software and
> printed manuals rather then downloading the stuff and printing the manuals
> on their own.
But if he released the front-end under the GPL (or any licence which
permits royalty-free redistribution), nothing would prohibit a third
party from downloading the code and documention, making their own CDs
and manuals, and selling them for less.
This is the entire reason why the concept of copyright exists.
I would suggest that anyone who would prefer to see a free (e.g. GPL)
front-end for GRASS would do better to actually start coding it than
to implore others to do so.
Glynn Clements <glynn.clements at virgin.net>
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