MapGuide fork of AGG

Sean Gillies sgillies at FRII.COM
Thu Oct 25 10:42:33 EDT 2007

A member of the MapServer Enterprise/Cheetah cabal admonishing someone 
else for a fork and NDA? Hilarious.


Paul Spencer wrote:
> Clarification for those of you not following the mapguide internals  
> list, Tom Fukushima announced yesterday that they are not actually  
> forking AGG because Thomas found a way that MapGuide could use AGG  
> without making any modifications (at this point).  They will be  
> sucking in a copy of AGG as they do with all other 3rd party  
> libraries but will not be maintaining local changes as a fork.
> However, the general opinion now seems to be that the original  
> maintainer, Maxim Shemanarev, essentially created a fork in the  
> community at the time he relicensed AGG as GPL.  In practical terms,  
> Maxim has been committing to the 2.4 code as recently as 2007/09/05.   
> The 2.5 code was initially committed on 2006/10/09 and has had two  
> commits since it was created which seem to be keeping the two code  
> bases in sync only.  Personally, I think he was forced to create a  
> relicensed version of his code base when he signed with Scaleform and  
> has found a creative way to deal with it.  Unfortunately, he has  
> received a lot of bashing from the community for it because he seems  
> unable to speak about the change (NDA anyone?).
> I think that as long as 2.4 meets our needs and there is no  
> development going into 2.5, there is no problem.  The problems will  
> start if 2.5 gets some development (that we need) or we (by which I  
> mean the geo community) have improvements to make and no where to put  
> them.
> Cheers
> Paul
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