[sword-devel] Customized install package for Mongolia

DM Smith dmsmith555 at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 20 03:54:42 MST 2006

Adam Waller wrote:
> Dear team,
> I have been working with the Mongolian United Bible Society (MUBS) and 
> another developer to produce a Mongolian Bible module for The SWORD 
> Project. We have completed the module, and it has been in testing 
> since last summer.
> I am currently working with MUBS to help them prepare a CD master with 
> the Mongolian Bible and SWORD software that they can use for wide 
> scale distribution in Mongolia.
> Since most of the locals have a limited knowledge of English, I 
> proposed making an installer using NSIS that would be as simple as 
> possible on the user interface, and would install a basic set of 
> modules and and set the user interface and fonts to Mongolian.
> With this in mind, I have been working over the past several days to 
> build a suitable installation package. They are hoping to have this 
> sent to Korea within the next couple days for mass duplication of the CD.
> Another factor in this project is that here in Mongolia there is a 
> mixture of cp1251 and Unicode keyboard layouts. I have created a 
> custom page on the installer that allows the user to choose the 
> desired format for the Mongolian module, and if needed, test their 
> keyboard to determine the correct format.
> Before I finish this project, I wanted to clarify a few things:
> 1. Is it okay to create and distribute a customized installation of 
> the Sword Project software for Mongolian Bible Society, or am I 
> heading the wrong direction on this project?

Yes, as long as you abide by the license agreement, which is the GNU 
Public License (GPL). The GPL is a distribution license. In a nutshell, 
as long as you distribute the source or make it available (e.g. a readme 
stating where the source is located), you are free to distribute 
anything built with the code. You also need to distribute the license 

You may also charge a reasonable fee for the compilation but may not 
sell the program.

> 3. Is BibleCS the same as the Sword Project, and if so, has someone 
> already completed an NSIS installer package? I know there was quite a 
> bit of discussion on it in the last few months, but then the 
> discussion suddenly stopped after March 9th.

Yes, BibleCS is the same as the Sword Project for Windows.
I have completed the NSIS installer and have given it to Troy who is now 
in the process of creating the release and the new CD.
You can get the installer here: http://www.crosswire.org/~dmsmith/biblecs
You are welcome to use it as you see fit, under the terms of the GPL.

> 3. The planned CD would include three main items.
>     a. Copyrighted MP3 audio files of the New Testament in Mongolian.
>     b. The SWORD Project software and a number of free modules 
> downloaded from your website.
>     c. A version of the Mongolian Bible module, which they are not yet 
> ready to distribute for free.
>     Is there any problem with the Bible Society selling this package?

You are free to sell the MP3s of the NT in Mongolian and the Mongolian 
Bible module. As to BibleCS you need to make it clear that it is free 
software under the GPL. You may also distribute the other Sword modules, 
but make it clear they are free.

You may also want to consider locking the module and in the conf state 
how the unlock key can be purchased. Then you could have the module 
distributed at CrossWire the same as GerHfaLex2002 (see 

> Please let me know as soon as possible if we need to hold up the 
> project for further review.
> Thanks in advance for your advice!
> In Christ,
> - Adam
> Adam Waller ~ MyAllForChrist at CadLinx.com 
> <blocked::mailto:MyAllForChrist at CadLinx.com>
> "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall 
> reap, if we faint not." - Galatians 6:9
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