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Billy B
2006-08-07
2012-07-18
  • Billy B
    Billy B
    2006-08-07

    Hello GLUI folks,

    I ran into Paul Rademacher at the Google booth at SIGGRAPH last week and we had a nice chat about GLUI's license.

    Bottom line, Paul fully supports changing the license to something less restrictive than LGPL. I suggest we change it to ZLIB license because it's short, readable, and unrestrictive. The entire text of the license is included below.

    To do this we need to get the OK from all contributors. Fortunately there are not so many contributors at this point.

    If you contributed any code to GLUI, please respond indicating whether you agree or disagree to the change in license.

    As far as I know the list of contributors is as follows:

    Already agreed:
    Paul Rademacher
    Bill Baxter

    Need to contact:
    Nigel Stewart
    John Kew (new widgets, filebrowser etc)
    Alain Durat ("good idle" bugfix)
    Orion Sky Lawlor (recent additions, mipmapped rotation ball etc)

    --Bill (baxissimo)

    The proposed new license (ZLIB-based):
    /*
    Copyright (C) 1998-2006 Paul Rademacher

    This software is provided 'as-is', without any express or implied
    warranty. In no event will the authors be held liable for any damages
    arising from the use of this software.

    Permission is granted to anyone to use this software for any purpose,
    including commercial applications, and to alter it and redistribute it
    freely, subject to the following restrictions:

    1. The origin of this software must not be misrepresented; you must not
      claim that you wrote the original software. If you use this software
      in a product, an acknowledgment in the product documentation would be
      appreciated but is not required.
    2. Altered source versions must be plainly marked as such, and must not be
      misrepresented as being the original software.
    3. This notice may not be removed or altered from any source distribution.

    */

     
    • Hi Bill

      Is there any progress on the proposed license change? Is it likely to happen?

      Thanks

      Adrian.

       
      • Billy B
        Billy B
        2007-10-30

        Nope. One of the people who contributed code did not respond to repeated emails about the license. So I gave up.

        I don't remember for sure, but I think that one person may have been the one who contributed the new and very buggy widgets. If so a possible route would be to throw those out, then change the license. If it wasn't that person then the contribution was even less.

         
    • Billy B
      Billy B
      2007-10-30

      Yep, just double checked my mail archives.
      It was indeed John Kew who never responded to questions about changing the GLUI license.
      You're welcome to try contacting him again, but I gave up.

       
      • Hi Bill

        Thanks for your reply. I searched the web and found a couple of different
        addresses which appear to be John. I wrote to one yesterday. I will try
        the other one in a couple of days if I don't hear back.

        Adrian.

         
        • John Kew
          John Kew
          2007-10-31

          I (John) remember giving my permission a long time ago, but anyways, the license change is fine. My personal email address is peri at logorrhea.com

           
          • Hi John

            That is great. Thanks.

            Adrian.

             
    • John Kew
      John Kew
      2007-10-31

      Yeah, I posted it to the "Developers" forum.