[GRASS-dev] Re: Copyright and license issue

Jarek Jasiewicz jarek.jasiewicz at gmail.com
Sun Jan 15 13:00:16 EST 2012

On 01/15/2012 07:36 AM, Roger Bivand wrote:
> Hamish<hamish_b<at>  yahoo.com>  writes:
>> Jarek wrote:
>>> Ok, it explains everything. So if I want to publish code with any GPL
>>> privileges granded, but keep code integrity in one official place which
>>> I can put in paper as link to OFFICIAL source code, with guarantee that
>>> it won't be accidentaly changed, I must put it outside GRASS repository?
>>> Right?
> ...
>> if you want to delay releasing under the GPL until you have your article
>> published, then you would have to wait to put it in the grass addons repo
>> too, which is open to GPL-compatible code only. (as per rfc2)
> I think that Jarek's concern is that someone other than the add-on developers
> have commit rights. In R, this is handled by having an add-on incubator called
> R-Forge https://r-forge.r-project.org/, which can also be used for installation,
> but where the project intiator(s) are the only non-admins with commit rights.
yes, it would be really nice to have restricted area for incubated projects.
I also do not think that it is not GPL compatible. Everybody can 
download, change and publish modified code except that original 
repository may be changed by limited group of people.

> When packages are released to CRAN, installation becomes somewhat easier. This
> might work here if OSGeo had a *-Forge facility, part of which could be used for
> add-ons for GRASS. The point about R-Forge rather than CRAN is that the R-Forge
> SVN lets people collaborate and try things out before the add-ons reach
> usability (the classes start at Planning, then pre-Alpha, and so on using
> Trove). So until the add-on developers release it, no-one they haven't nominated
> can commit. It looks as though the -install argument takes a complete URL, so a
> miminal *-Forge would make a nightly tarball that could be installed.
> Of course, someone might download the add-on source, modify it, and distribute
> that modified version, but I'm not sure that this was the underlying issue here,
> rather that the public add-on SVN server has potentially many commit permissions.
> Roger
>> Hamish
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