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

Joachim Ansorg sword-devel@crosswire.org
Wed, 31 Jan 2001 23:29:50 +0100


> > For this solution we need a commercial Bible program, if it's possible
> > for almost all plattforms the same program.
> I do not really understand this. How would the problem be solved by selling
> the programs and modules? There is software contains the "commercial"
> modules that users can buy, why should sword go the same way?

IMHO bible societies want to make profit. If we sell a program (cheap) we 
could offer them some money for the license.
Another point is that the Bibe societies and copyright holders are sceptical 
to PD-Soft and opensource ware.

> > My solution for this would be to put Sword under LGPL, program a good
> > Bible study program and sell the program.
> This will involve a lot of work, and the users of the opensource bible
> programs like bibletime will not profit from it. Especially those who do
> not have the money to buy a program.

Hehe! This is a nice point.
For sue I'd be working on this program and put lot's of existing code in it 
(from BibleTime).
The program would be cheap to give everybody the chance to have the locked 
modules unlocked.
But maybe there are better solutions.

> What about another way to do it? For this aim it would not be necessary to
> create and sell a program; it might be sufficient to change towards another
> security architecture that can be published opensource; maybe just use
> libraries like openssl etc. -- might be necessary anyway for not having to
> use the same keys.
> This way the encrypted modules would be safe; and users wanting them could
> buy the modules while using their common sword frontend. Frontend programs
> would not have to be changed.
> > The price should be enough to cover the expenses for module licenses
> > etc., but it shouldn't by high.
> > Only the commercial modules will be sold, the modules without copyright
> > will be free.
> Martin

Joachim Ansorg
BibleTime - www.bibletime.de - info@bibletime.de
BibleTime is an easy to use Bible study tool for KDE / Linux.