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

Chris Little sword-devel@crosswire.org
Tue, 30 Jan 2001 22:27:15 -0800

> ...Generate a key based on a MAC address - if there is no network card
> installed generate the key from the OEM number from the hard drive. In
> either case the legal user of a module couldn't share the key with anyone.
> The key would work only on the machine for which it was generated. We do
> this with our commercial software.

That seems a bit extreme.  Besides, I'm not sure how we would manage
distributing modules with such unique keys.  I guess we could use the
MAC/OEM to encode/encrypt the real cipher key.  For example, an unlocker
utility sends our server your MAC/OEM, and it replies with a key that must
be decrypted with your MAC/OEM to reveal the real key (which would be the
same for all users).  I suspect we'd get a lot of angry users though, when
people started changing their hard drives & NICs.

Here's a novel idea... maybe there are some commercial Bible software
developers out there who would be interested in adopting an open source
project, merging with us, or just marketing modules in our format.  Maybe
Larry Pierce/OLB since we seem to have (somewhat) similar markets and goals?
Maybe OliveTree since our products /don't/ have similar markets (but mostly
because I know they're on the list and have mentioned interest in OS)?
Maybe Logos/Libronix because I assume there must be some reason Bob
Pritchett is interested in being on the list?