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Usage conditions

Postby gerundt » Mon Dec 22, 2008 8:22 pm

Kimmo noticed in patch #2456825 Web: Add "License" page to "About" tab that we have no real usage conditions:

Kimmo wrote:[...] The problem is that page is for
developer audience (people interested in developing WinMerge) but the
homepages are for normal users. So I don't think the tone is really proper
for homepage. Users are interested about downloading and using binaries.
Very small percentage of users might be modifying our sources...

Is it true we really don't have any "usage conditions" written anywhere
for users.. That's bad and we really need this doc you are creating then.
And we need to write the text carefully. We can't promise too much or give
wrong impressions.


Just repeating myself that this is important we tell users what they can
do with our binaries. And we need this info in manual too. And perhaps in
some other docs too.

The website says now:
license.php wrote:WinMerge is Open Source software under the GNU General Public License.

This means everybody can download the source code and improve and modify them. The only thing we ask is that people submit their improvements and modifications back to us so that all WinMerge users may benefit.

And the manual says:
Manual wrote:Please note that WinMerge is not freeware (as many sites on the Web have stated): it is GPL licensed. We provide you with a good tool for free, so please honor your license agreement and submit improvements to us. We are happy to get help improving WinMerge, to the advantage of all WinMerge users.


WinMerge source code is available in the downloads page and from the public Subversion server. Anyone can download the sources, study them, and alter them. If you find (and fix) bugs, improve something, and so on, please submit your changes to us as patches and help improve this product! If you publish your altered version, you are required to publish the changes to source code too. This is what the GPL license is about: please respect it.
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Re: Usage conditions

Postby kimmov » Mon Dec 22, 2008 8:40 pm

Yes, we talk about using and modifying the code. But nothing about binaries. And users are interested about binaries.
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Re: Usage conditions

Postby kimmov » Thu Jan 01, 2009 12:25 pm

I just noticed we have this kind of text for Frhed:

In short this means you can freely copy, use and distribute this software. If you modify the sources and distribute modified version of Frhed you must publish the modified sources.

Which isn't perfect but is definitely a better as it says user have freedom to use the binaries.
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