[Gfoss] sw libero?

Paolo Cavallini cavallini at faunalia.it
Mon Aug 28 07:38:28 CEST 2006

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Di recente due dei nomi piu' importanti nel settore (Radim Blazek e Gary
Sherman) hanno tirato fuori teorie che mi lasciano perplesso:
- - il software libero funziona solo con una sufficiente base di utenti,
in relazione alla sua complessita'
- - la possibilita' di sviluppare estensioni proprietarie migliora il
software libero.
Voi che ne pensate?

- -------- Messaggio Originale  --------
Oggetto: [Qgis-developer] QGIS License (was Qt 4.X)
Data: Sun, 06 Aug 2006 08:12:38 -0800
Da: Gary Sherman <sherman at mrcc.com>
A: Radim Blazek <radim.blazek at gmail.com>

On Aug 6, 2006, at 12:25 AM, Radim Blazek wrote:

>  My theory is that OS (GPL) only works
> for SW for which ratio users/complexity is above some limit.
> And that is not true for many special GIS applications/extensions.
> Radim

Well said. I think your theory has merit. I for one would like to see
QGIS licensed such that proprietary extensions could be developed. My
theory is that some (perhaps many) of these would ultimately find
their way into the open source code base, thus enhancing QGIS for
everyone. I suspect there are many organizations out there that would
be more willing to choose an OS GIS if they were able to add their
customizations and intellectual property without exposing it to their
competitors. QGIS would benefit by more users, expanded community,
and likely financial input that would benefit the OS side.

Alas now you know that I am not an OS / Free Software zealot -- just
a person interested in advancing the state of the art of OS GIS.

- -gary
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Paolo Cavallini
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