OSD modification regarding what license can require of user

Emiliano emile at iris-advies.nl
Sat Mar 16 09:10:23 UTC 2002

David Johnson wrote:

> I was not judging any type of application. Instead I was prognosticating from
> my own particular perspective. No offense was intended and I hope you don't
> take it as such. I do foresee a need for web services and other forms of
> centralized processing. But I still doubt that they will become the dominant
> mode of application computing.

We see eye to eye on that; I don't think it'll be the norm for a long
time, if ever. Still, for lots of people, GPL software isn't the norm
either, and still we spend time trying to hammer down a good license.
Likewise, even if the group of applications that uses strict fat
server/thin client type of deployment is minute, these applications can
(and do, from my perspective) serve an interesting niche; to make it
interesting/feasable for people to release such applications this too
deserves a good license.

> I get the impression that there are one or two people out there (not you) who
> are in a state of urgency over this issue because they see an immanent return
> of the dumb/thin client. I don't like decisions to be made in panic mode, so
> I was trying to explain in my own not-to-brilliant way why I didn't think
> it's going to happen.

OK, I see. Two discussions are crossing over into each other here. I
don't think that the bulk of applications is going to move to ASP-type
software. So on this we agree. Even so, as said, an interesting portion
_will_ (yes, like mine), and we need to think about this.


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