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[REBOL] Re: It's NOT Free.. (was) Re: Re: The future of Rebol - achieving criti

From: chris:starforge:demon at: 22-May-2001 11:03

Graham Chiu wrote:
> Someone writes a killer View application, and releases it as > freeware. Several employees of a small company find it > useful. Do they all need to pay for a commercial license?
And here's another, one that has actually happened: Someone writes a powerful and comprehensive REBOL based bug report and tracking tool called ROACH. The system is so easy to use that some of his friends ask for copies to maintain bug databases for game mods. This is obviously free, but it's not personal... grey area 1. The writer of this script package works as a research associate at a UK university, where he writes, maintains and teaches C, Java and several other distance learning courses. To keep track of the bugs in the packages he can either scribble down the emails from course members in his logbook, or he can bring in the software he wrote at home and install it on the server he maintains at work. This could be seen as personal, because said developer is just using it to make his life easier, but the courses are commercial. The developer is now faced with the prospect of trying to persuade his boss that paying a license fee for a package that is not needed, and only runs a piece of third party software that was installed just to make one person'd life easier, is necessary.. or he can just leave it on his personal server and set up a project there... grey areas abound... Chris