I'm a winPenPack.com developer.
winPenPack (http://www.winpenpack.com and http:/
/sourceforge.net/projects/winpenpack) is a collection of open source portable programs for Windows, optimized
for use with a USB pen drive or any portable device and also directly from
I'd like to signal you that we have developed a portable version of PyPE for
Windows, called X-PyPE, in winPenPack.com Format: http://www.winpenpack.com/m
ain/download.php?view.925 . You have just to download the .zip archive, uncompress it and double-
click on X-PyPE.exe
Obviously, any suggestion or feedback will be welcome!
I am not convinced that your X-PyPE distribution in winpenpack offers users
anything over what already exists in standard PyPE using the --standalone
command line option (which makes PyPE portable, and which has been available
for 2+ years).
I kindly request that you delete X-PyPE from your site and stop distributing
in whole or in part any version of PyPE or X-PyPE. If you would like to link
to the sourceforge.net download page (http://sourceforge.net/projects/pype/fi
les/) on winpenpack.com that
is fine. I also request that you remove any and all donation links on pages
that reference PyPE or X-PyPE, as I am certain that I have worked far more on
PyPE than anyone on your team.
This message will also be posted in the public PyPE forums in reply to your
help request there.
since it is our intention to respect faithfully all licenses, I'm disposed to
eliminate X-PyPE from winPenPack.com
But, please, explain me first what point of GPL I'm violating.
I am not making any statements regarding the GPL.
However, you have taken a piece of software that I have written, which
supports the same functionality you claim to be adding, added a wrapper with
splash screen, changed the icon, are distributing it without my consent, and
are requesting donations for your work.
What I'm asking is that you stop doing all of the above. It will save you time
and money, and will make me happy.
I would like to point out how the X-PyPE version of your program have, indeed,
some advantages for a portable usage of PyPE:
(1) The "--standalone" parameter that executes PyPE in portable mode, must be
added from the command line, operation automatically performed by X-PyPE, but,
in any case, difficult, for the normal user;
(2) the "Recents" paths are normalized in X-PyPE (i.e. the path is
automatically changed, depending on the drive letter assigned to the USB flash
disk by the host PC). In the official version an error is shown when files are
not found, because all paths are absolute and not relative;
(3) the default folder for saving and opening files is set on \Documents\PyPE
folder (but it can be changed by the user as he wants).
Therefore, while the feature (1) is already available in your program (also
less comfortable to use with respect to X-PyPE), the other two are not
available; the advantage to have the paths automatically normalized is very
convenient when working directly on the USB flash disk, and the user need that
the Recents and/or the Documents remain always and immediately available.
The PayPal link that you find in the X-PyPE page on winPenPack site, moreover,
is NOT a request for money related to your program, but is simply the same
that you can find anywhere on the winPenPack site, and is used exclusively for
spontaneous donations regarding ALL OUR WORK (i.e. ALL the portabilizations,
packaging, documentation, etc.) that is entirely voluntary and free.
I am, therefore, very disappointed for your request, regarding, too, a program
released under GPL license; license that not only agrees, but also recommends
such modifications. Then, if you don't want that your program would be
modified, or distributed in modified form (absolutely allowed in general), you
should change its license. By the way, I suggest you read some FAQ on the GPL
Also, we contacted so many other software authors for inform them about
portable distributions, but this is the first time that we have been required
to remove our portable version that, we think (and also as GPL license state),
is perfectly legal.
Why does the GPL permit users to publish their modified versions?
Does the GPL allow me to sell copies of the program for money?
Does the GPL allow me to charge a fee for downloading the program from my
Does the GPL allow me to require that anyone who receives the software must
pay me a fee and/or notify me?
Obviously, I no longer want to have your software as part of our big
collection of free software.
Removed from website.
Thank you for removing my software from your site.