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On Fri, Mar 12, 2004 at 09:18:32PM +0530, Jai Haravu wrote:
> Thank you for your mail about NewGenLib and your queries. I respond below.
> 1. You are right. NewGenLib is proprietary software that uses many open
> source components. Most of these are re-distributable even commercially free
> of charge. Where this is not the case, we will make sure of fulfilling
> obligations to the developers.
> 2. I dont think all open source software, the subject of 'oss4lib-discuss',
> is about non-commercial software. By posting the news of our work, we try
> to show what can be done with open source software, i.e., the possibility of
> developing and providing software (comparable in terms of function and
> technology used with the expensive solutions provided by proprietary
> companies in the developed world), at prices which can be afforded by
> libraries in the developing world. Indeed, we would be happy to give the
> source code to anyone who is interested in helping us expand our software's
> utility/capability which will ultimately benefit librarians who use this to
> automate their libraries.
Why not simply release it under the GPL?
> 3. The software has been developed with a shoestring budget with key
> developers who volunteered without any compensation whatsoever. It is really
> the result of the vision of trustees of a charitable trust, Kesavan
> Institute of Information and Knowledge Management (http://www.kiikm.org/)
> and a fledgling software company, Verus Solutions Pvt., Ltd. We tried to get
> funds from many sources, frustratingly unsuccessfully.
> I hope I have answered your concerns.
> L J Haravu
> 69 Krishnapuri Colony
> West Marredpally
> Secunderabad 500026
> Tel: (91)-40-27803947