[sword-devel] Open Content Creation

Jerry Hastings sword-devel@crosswire.org
Fri, 02 Feb 2001 14:04:28 -0700

Sorry I was not clear. My point was not about GPL license. In stead of 
saying "open source" I should have just said "open." I meant "open" in a 
looser way than just GPL. I think a lot of open source projects work 
because they are open in a larger way than they need in order to just be 
GPL. What would happen to a lot of the projects if they said something like 
"only Linux purists can help, no one who even touched a Windows machine 
will be allowed." Not only would you lose the unholy windows people but you 
would lose a lot of people that want something more open. People that 
believe in openness. I think Sword would lose a lot of people that want it 
to be open if someone starts determining who is pure enough to help.

Another thing. Though this is not the point I was making, the fact that 
Sword is GPL means that even those some would try to keep out could still 
do what they want anyway. They just wouldn't do it on the list.


At 05:44 AM 2/2/2001 +1000, Paul Gear wrote:

>Incidentally, the point i think Jerry was alluding to (that because we
>are an open software project that we could not do this) i don't believe
>is an issue: we could still be in perfect compliance with the GPL and
>refuse people access to the sword-devel mailing list and CVS repository,
>as long as we provided a place where they could download the code.
>(Obviously, this is not practical IMO.)
>"He must become greater; i must become less." - John 3:30