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Re: [DotGNU]Ransom model

From: Adam Theo
Subject: Re: [DotGNU]Ransom model
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2002 19:59:47 -0500
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Yes, true. I have sent a message off to RMS about Ransom. He xpressed interest in the past on the project, so I can hopefully get some official FSF involvement in the model's development. From there I'll try to get FSF endorsement (one step at a time).

And yes, for PNet, Ransom would not work. I brought up Ransoming DotGNU software because I recall some talk about trying to make a FreeDevelopers-like (only *like*) corporation to help compensate developers of dotgnu software.

I'll wait on the DotGNU endorsement, but I would certainly like to see some people from DotGNU over on the Ransom list, helping to develop the model, making sure that DotGNU'sd needs and requirements are taken into consideration with it.

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Thanks, all  :)

Rhys Weatherley wrote:
It's not really us that you need to convince, but RMS.  As a matter
of policy, DotGNU only uses licenses compatible with GPL/LGPL and
we follow the FSF's direction on matters of licencing.

For a project like Portable.NET (can't speak for the other components),
the ransom model wouldn't really help matters.  We rely upon volunteer
contributions for the bulk of the development.  If the volunteers
cannot get access to the source from day one, then they can't help us.

It seems to me that the ransom model will only work if a company with
several in-house developers does the primary development work.  That
isn't the case currently for DotGNU.

If RMS blesses it, we'll have a look at it.  But DotGNU cannot
pre-empt RMS in these kinds of matters.

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