[OpenLayers-Dev] [OpenLayers-Users] Error when using XMLHTTPRequest (throughrefreshing a wfs layer every n seconds)

Christopher Schmidt crschmidt at metacarta.com
Wed Apr 29 08:16:45 EDT 2009

On Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 11:25:57AM +1000, Roald de Wit wrote:
> Christopher Schmidt wrote:
> >Kris,
> >
> >Thanks for the work on this. Two things:
> > * Since the XMLHttpRequest code is, as I understand it, primarily taken
> >   from the XMLHttpRequest project (that you linked); are the changes
> >   that you put in that file already included in1.0.3 of XMLHttpRequest?
> >   (Unfortunately, the license for that library changed, so now I have
> >   to go read the LGPL and figure out if we can just pull the latest
> >   version from them.)
> >
> The license for XMLHttpRequest.js is LGPLv3 and therefore most probably
> too restrictive (IANAL). The schema on the following page [1] says: you
> can use BSD-new with LGPLv3 but then your project falls under the latter
> license.
> Maybe it's an idea to contact the author of XMLHttpRequest.js and ask
> him to release under a more permissive license (as well)? He might not
> realise the problems his new license is causing us (and probably more
> projects).

I doubt it. He originally made it Apache, then switched to LGPL, as I
understand it -- which speaks of a decision being made to make that
change, which means that he'd be unlikely to want to switch back.

-- Chris

> Regards,
> Roald
> [1] http://www.dwheeler.com/essays/floss-license-slide.html
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> Roald de Wit
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