Licensing options for firmware

David Webber (XML) david at
Tue Apr 5 03:52:32 UTC 2005


Thanks for clairfying that.

Given his business situation - I'd be tempted to put
a partially obfuscated version out there with a modified OSD
type license - see what happens - and then if reaction
is OK to that - then move to lift the obfuscation
once traction has occurred.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Cowan" <jcowan at>
To: "David Webber (XML)" <david at>
Cc: <license-discuss at>
Sent: Monday, April 04, 2005 10:05 PM
Subject: Re: Licensing options for firmware

> David Webber (XML) scripsit:
> > I guess there's nothing in an open source license that says that
> > people actually have to be able to read your code?!?
> On the contrary, OSD #2 says specifically "Deliberately obfuscated source
> code is not allowed."  Note that #2 constrains the source code itself
> rather than its license.
> -- 
> No,  John.  I want formats that are actually       John Cowan
> useful, rather than over-featured megaliths that
> address all questions by piling on ridiculous
> internal links in forms which are hideously
jcowan at
> over-complex. --Simon St. Laurent on xml-dev

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