[REBOL] Non-profits [was RE: Rebol programs]
From: sunandadh::aol::com at: 20-Mar-2002 11:39
> This is a great idea Sunanda. Not only is REBOL is free for non-commercial
> and could use the exposure, but I could too. I think I will make a point
> out some of the local non-profits.
Don't let me discourage you, but there are licensing complications even with
I started these applications as they are non-profits I support with IT needs
I could fulfil. Rebol was (still is) extremely attractive for its
multi-platform support -- a typical non-profit of any size has machines
stretching back to the stone age, as well as more recently donated hi-techery.
The problem for me is fourfold:
-- that Rebol licensing is unclear for non-profits. The licence only
distinguishes non-commercial from commercial. As far as I can tell, that's a
personal use / corporate use distinction. Where a non-profit who may have a
commercial wing (e.g. running thrift shops and the like) fits is not clear.
-- I'd like to use View/Pro not just View as I don't want to deploy
applications with poor security, so I really need the encryption. There's a
cost there of USD49 or USD99 per seats. For some NPs that's okay -- I'd tell
em to stop moaning any pay up. But for poorer ones who need tens of seats,
the several thousand dollar mark (even at the lower price) is too high. I've
asked RT several times about cheaper licencing or site licensing for NPs, but
with no result.
-- Similarly, USD350 is way to much for Command/Pro, with which some of the
applications would benefit. Again no sugegstion from RT that a lower price is
-- Encap looked a possibility. But it needs a developer licence for each
platform supported, and a cost model assuming I'm selling the applications
rather than either donating them or passing them on at cost.
RT are aware of the issues, but move slowly. Here's part of an earlier
Scott : (RT commercial manger) [talking about IOS, not standalone Rebol] For
those Non-Profits that want to host their own server, we are discussing plans
right now. Not quite sure what direction it will take, but I'll get back to
you for feed back as soon as I can.
Sunanda: Thanks for the info. The sooner you have a pricing structure, the
quicker we could start haggling!
Scott: Sounds fun!
That was 26-Jan-2002. No further word,