[REBOL] Re: BSD License
From: koopmans:itr:ing:nl at: 21-Feb-2001 13:07
My work is not related to that of anybody else (yet). Make that change!
I will expand and enhance this and also provide hosting on erebol.com
Why? I have a reasonable well-paid job at a very large company. Now I don't
mind making money, but I also like to do my work with modern, sophisticated
technology. By releasing the erebol libs under the BSD license I allow
anybody to use it the way they need. So there is no reason not to use it,
except that you may not like it / need it. Now this should promote Rebol and
make my life more fun in the long run.
If you really want to use Rebol you should buy Command, I think.
- It has more features.
- You support RT. These guys need to eat and pay the rent as well.
- They have a runtime license which is rather cheap. The pricing scheme
won't kill you.
By creating erebol I try to make it more attractive for you all to use Rebol
Core and Command.
Note that I provide hosting etc. as a service to you, the Rebol community.
I'll probably make a link to a PayPal account so you can donate any money
if you want to support the erebol expansion. This will mean that you can
give erebol.com .net .org whatever you think it is worth or use whatever it
is offering for free under the BSD license.
I'd like to state specifically that when choosing a license you should pick
one that suits your needs best. This is not always an open source license
(in the RT case, which I fully understand and support). When discussing the
difference between the GPL and the BSD license, my criterium is always:
- Should any derived work be open source and free as well => GPL
- Should anybody be able to use this anyway they like, including royalty
free redistribution in binary form only => BSD or MIT license.
I normally choose the latter, because it turns out to be more practical and
results in the long run in the best of all worlds. IMHO, if you give people
the choice to pay whatever they feel somethings worth, you'll always get
what you deserve.
A final note: I just rejoined the list to promote erebol and to offer help.
I am not into (semi-religious) open source discussions.
So if you are annoyed by any of this,
go get a glass of water
smile in front of the mirror
if any [ (glasses of water > 5) (elapsed_time > 0:30:0) ]
go to the bathroom
Hope this helps,
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2001 11:22 AM
Subject: [REBOL] BSD License
> I made a recent suggestion on this list to DocKimbell recently that he
might wish to consider releasing his MYSQL scheme under the BSD license, now
M.Koopman has just released his EREBOL and other tools under the BSD
license, I don't know if the two are strictly related, but if they are then
I think I feel happy about making a small contribution in helping non RT
staff REBOL developers consider which license is best for protecting the
works of ALL REBOL developers.
> For those of you who may not be up to speed on software licenses, the BSD
license allows for FREE and COMMERCIAL distribution of binary and source
code as long as certain copyright terms are adhered to.
> It allows you to make derivative works and release them under whatever
terms you so wish.
> If I was the open source free software zealot that some people would like
you to believe Iam then would I not be "preaching" use of the GPL License
insisting that all works should be be relased as FREE SOFTWARE including all
derivatives there of.
> I specifically suggested the BSD license as this protects the rights of
Commercial and Free Software developers. The BSD license should enable both
sides to live and work at developing really cool software in peaceful
> Hope this is not considered preaching, Iam just trying to help my fellow
REBOLLERS consider why software licenses are important and what might be the
best licensing terms for ALL REBOL developers, not favouring one side nor