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Re: Compiere now #1 on sourceforge

From: S11001001
Subject: Re: Compiere now #1 on sourceforge
Date: Tue, 28 May 2002 22:18:10 -0500
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Todd Boyle wrote:
Thanks,Stephen -- I agree, its useless as long as its on
Oracle but after the Postrges port, then the further problem
is it's a controlled code base, this Janke individual does
not seem to GPL the code.   Is that what you refer to?
Will you accept it after its ported to Postgres?

First, I apologize for making such a curt reply. However, I believe that software is only truly free if it depends only on free software. Oracle is a problem, but J2EE is also a problem, AFAIK, only certain J2EE functionality is available free. If there is a free J2EE-compliant system that can run Compiere, then please let me know. However, this is the other hurdle.

As for the GPL, as long as software is under some Free Software license, such as MPL 1.1, it is acceptable for use in my eyes. Except Derek Neighbors has expressed some problems with it; what do you mean? I do not believe it is legal to revoke the MPL. However, actually contributing to a project that may be closed is a waste of resources.

Stephen Compall
DotGNU `Contributor' --

To be a hacker, one had to accept the philosophy that writing a
software program was only the beginning. Improving a program was the
true test of a hacker's skills.
        -- Sam Williams, "Free as in Freedom"

According to Stallman, improving software programs was secondary to
building them in the first place.
        -- Sam Williams, "Free as in Freedom"

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