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Re: inquiry about reuse of Octave Jekyll theme

From: John W. Eaton
Subject: Re: inquiry about reuse of Octave Jekyll theme
Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2018 15:30:01 -0500
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No objection from me either.

As far as I'm concerned, the no derivative works license should be considered to apply to the content of the web site. We don't want to have modified versions of the Octave web site appear somewhere that may contain info that could misrepresent the Octave project. But apart from things that could be identified as specific to Octave like logos, colors, or other "branding", then I hope you can take advantage of it if you find it useful.


On 01/31/2018 01:18 PM, Alex wrote:
I have no objections to reusing the theme for other free software projects. Glad you liked it. The blue accent color is the Octave color, so you should adjust that.

- Alex Krolick

On Wed, Jan 31, 2018, 02:11 Kai Torben Ohlhus <address@hidden <mailto:address@hidden>> wrote:

    Dear Tom,

    Thanks for considering the Octave website design for your software
    project as well.  Regarding the licensing issue, the website follows
    the convention of the Free Software Foundation [1], where all pages
    are licensed under the CC BY-ND.  See at the bottom of each page for
    an explanation.

    To my understanding the licence refers to the content of the page
    and the Octave website design, mostly the connection to existing
    free/libre CSS- and JS-frameworks, is published under the terms of
    the GPLv3 [2].  Alex, the original author of the new website design
    did not use special license for his original work [3].  Maybe a
    separate LICENSE file in the current working repository [4] would
    state this intention clearer.

    Thus if neither Alex nor John protest, you should feel free to make
    use of Alex's work to improve your website.

    Best regards,

    [1] https://www.fsf.org
    [2] https://hg.octave.org/web-octave/file/tip/license.md
    [3] https://github.com/alexkrolick/octave-web
    [4] https://hg.octave.org/web-octave/

    On Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 1:32 AM Tom Henderson
    <address@hidden <mailto:address@hidden>> wrote:

        Hello, my name is Tom Henderson and I am lead maintainer of the
        ns-3 simulator project (https://www.nsnam.org), also a GPL
        project.  We would like to replace our Wordpress site with
        something more modern and mobile-responsive, and in looking
        around at other scientific computing projects, the site theme
        for Octave resonated with us.

        I noticed that the Octave web sources are maintained online with
        at CC-SA No-Derivatives license and was wondering whether the
        license pertained to site content and underlying theme or just
        the content?  I would conservatively assume both, but just
        thought I'd ask whether you would be willing to consider letting
        the ns-3 project somehow reuse the theme, as it would save me
        some work from generating a similar one.

        If Octave obtained the theme from some other source that we
        could fork from, that would also be of possible interest to us.


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