alex at dojotoolkit.org
Thu Dec 7 15:40:52 EST 2006
On Thursday 07 December 2006 4:56 am, Amit Green wrote:
> * Forums is a great idea :)
> * A major concern is the ability to take out what is in the forum
> into a text file and port it to another forum software (most
> open source forum software uses mysql, which can easily be dumped;
> and therefore meets this requirement)
> * I have a concern with "hackability" with open-source software
> that has a different license than Dojo, as follows:
> o If development is done on the software to improve it
> (i.e.: to integrate dojo into it, to improve it, and "make the UI
> rock even more");
> o And that development then ends up improving dojo (i.e.:
> we want to port back some of the changes into dojo); o Then, at least
> theoretically, the changes ported back might have tiny pieces of code
> subject to the license of the other open source software.
> * The above implies (to a paranoid person such as myself) that if
> any "hackability" is done on any, nothing should be backported.
That's bogus. We own the copyrights to the patches we create. Should you
write a patch for something licensed incompatibly, that in no way
reduces your ability to contribute it to Dojo, so long as what you
contribute is wholly owned by you. I would like it if we could NOT
focus on licensing FUD as a key determiner for this project.
The most of the rest of our infrastructure software is (L)GPL. We just
need to suck it up and move on.
> * As for forums I am comfortable with, I have only used two (both
> of them for many months):
> o phpBB, which I hate.
> o SMF (Simple Machines Forums), which I neither love or
> hate, but is "usuable". And it does function.
> * Although, SMF would not be "hackable" given my concerns above.
> * SMF does not have fully automatic notification, only partial on
> a per forum, and then on a per posting. We could probably write a
> php/mysql script that on new messages & responses, to
> automatically adds people that are subscribed to that forum to
> subscribe to that message. However, we are talking ~20 hours
> of work to write it & qa it & test it. And then that software would
> be stuck in SMF license:
Doesn't sound like there's a strong recommendation in there for either
system, or am I reading it wrong?
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