MapGuide fork of AGG

Paul Spencer pspencer at DMSOLUTIONS.CA
Thu Oct 25 10:53:11 EDT 2007


I think the community as a whole has gotten past the whole cabal  
thing and recognized that the intentions were honest even if the  
implementation was poorly thought through.  Perhaps you should get  
over it, too?

And for the record, I was not technically a member of that group.

Also, please point out exactly where I am *admonishing* Maxim for  
relicensing his code?


On 25-Oct-07, at 10:42 AM, Sean Gillies wrote:

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