License on rsync ??
tabris at domedata.com
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.
Dons asbestos suit
Well, O.K. I'll compromise with my principles because of EXISTENTIAL
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