[REBOL] Re: It's NOT Free.. (was) Re: Re: The future of Rebol - achieving critic
From: petr:krenzelok:trz:cz at: 22-May-2001 0:41
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From: "GS Jones" <[gjones05--mail--orion--org]>
Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2001 12:11 AM
Subject: [REBOL] Re: It's NOT Free.. (was) Re: Re: The future of Rebol -
achieving critical mass
> From: "Holger Kruse"
> > As a broad rule of thumb: if you use REBOL on a computer you own
> > and do not use it to generate any income then it is "personal use". If
> > use it within a commercial environment (on a computer at your work
> > on a server in your company etc.) or if you use it in a manner
> > to generate revenue then it is "commercial use". There are exceptions
> > If you are unsure then please contact us directly, explain how you
> intend to
> > use REBOL, and we can work out a proper licensing arrangement.
> Oh, I think I now know the sound of one hand clapping.
> The lead-in on the main page says, "REBOL/View is Free. Upgrade to Pro
> for Only $49." This link clicks through to a page where it says,
> "REBOL/View - Free - Downloads in seconds." Only further down the page
> is there a pronouncement that it may not really be free. This method of
> lead-in is misleading. It is likely unintentional, but it is
> misleading, in my opinion. I guess Joanna was closer to being right
> this morning. Sorry, Joanna.
You are right - it's not too good. Free means free, dot. If someone wants
more advanced features - buy /Pro. If someone wants special bundle - contact
RT for special license. The simpler the licensing policy is - the better.
I am not sure if Holger's explanation of blurred borders of commercial usage
helps us. If I would use only one script on my local machine at my work for
just one single function - it is still commercial application. It will be
VERY hard to fight here against other available solutions. I remember my
friend taking one magazine CD and installing Apache + PHP under Windows. I
told him to use /Core. Although he doesn't like functional languages, he
gave it a try ... but if I should tell him we should pay some 79 USD, he
wouldn't probably even looked into it ...