License on rsync ??

tabris tabris at
Sat Dec 27 07:48:24 EST 2003

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	Noted in the readme that rsync is licensed under GPL, and have some 
questions about this.

	Reading through a couple different places on the internet, of people 
wondering why there are few to no GUI front-ends (are there any good 
ones? if so, much of my questions here can be disregarded).

	I think I found one project, a PHP-GTK interface, that the author 
abandoned in favour of writing in Java. And that there was some wondering 
why none of the programs like GetRight or other download assistant 
programs support rsync.

	My only thought is that maybe there needs to be a librsync released under 
LGPL, like zlib and other such libraries.

	By no means do I wish to turn this into a flamewar or a politics 
convention, and I haven't even subscribed to this mailing list.

	I should admit that I have a commercial interest in this venture, as I am 
looking to [potentially] provide rsync access to various businesses for 
the purpose of backup (as opposed to say FTP or SCP), and am in need of a 
program for my customers to use. As I don't have the money to pay for 
such a program to be developed, nor the skill to develop it myself 
(especially on a win32 platform as the majority of my customers would 
use), it would be in my best interest to find a pre-existing 
program/platform to provide such a service.

	I believe in the GPL. But I also believe that at times it may be a 
barrier to profitability. If I were to develop, or even pay for the 
development of such a program, I would not wish to release it under a 
purely GPL license such that my neighbor next door may then compete with 
me, using the program I wrote.

	I realize I should probably leave it at that before I say too much. And 
merely ask if there are alternative licensing possibilities, such as BSD 
or LGPL, for the rsync backend.


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