When GPL Software Goes Bad
Apr 16, 2007, 15:45 (2 Talkback[s])
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
[ Thanks to Paul
Hayes for this link. ]
"Users of a popular open-source accounting system may have just
updated to a license they would never have agreed to had the author
actually told them it had changed. What's more, the author is
actively censoring attempts to advise the userbase of the license
change, and appears to be making an attempt to retrospectively
re-license all prior versions as well.
"I have just been advised that DWS has just updated their
licensing conditions on their website, and have returned SQL-Ledger
to the GPLv2 license. This is a great step from DWS as there was
some confusion over the legal status of several translations which
were user-contributed and had been re-licensed without the original
author's consent. He has also released 2.8.1 of the software which
I am told includes the GPL license. These changes have come as this
article was reaching the upper vote levels in Slashdot's "firehose"
submission queue, and has likely come as a reaction to the coverage
on the LedgerSMB lists of this article (still no license-related
posts appear on the SQL-Ledger lists). The SOSL is still available
on the site..."