[sword-devel] Cool idea: Commercial Linux /Windows Bible program based on Sword

sword-devel@crosswire.org sword-devel@crosswire.org
Tue, 30 Jan 2001 23:51:29 +0000

On Tue, Jan 30, 2001 at 01:58:03PM -0800, Chris Little wrote:
> I'm totally interested in doing something like this.  I really don't know
> how we would organize a commercial venture though.
> As an alternative to putting Sword under LGPL, thereby allowing other
> non-open source groups/companies to benefit from Sword, I would suggest
> licensing Sword to the commercial group specifically under a non-GPL
> license.  That way, the commercial group can distribute binary-only software
> under a commercial license while Sword-proper remains GPL.
> I'm not sure how security could be improved over what OLB, Logos, etc.
> offer.  But I suppose we can at least offer security on par with these
> titles.
> --Chris

Perhaps the company could just provide a plug-in component that Sword
would call to handle encrypted modules. The encrypted modules would
also be provided by the company and could be included on the Sword CD
after an agreement was signed. This way Sword itself could remain
clearly open source and cooperation would be easier.

Alexander Garden