using Visual Basic in open source projects
pdotro at df.uba.ar
Tue Jul 22 18:08:45 UTC 2008
Tzeng, Nigel H. wrote:
> Fortunately the open source definition is not so constraining. You
> can find many open source projects written in VB and C#. Not quite as
> many as in Java/C++/C but still quite a few. Even GPL ones...although
> I'd guess most would be Ms-PL or Ms-RL as most would live on CodePlex.
Are MS-PL and/or MS-RL OSI approved licenses?
> So...there's no issues with running in the "Free World". Especially
> given that you can run proprietary apps on Linux which represents the
> main "free" operating system anyway. That paragraph is misleading in
> this context.
I think it's written much in the spirit of the FSF... I think that what
they mean is that if you are running in a free-only operating
environment, where every component is "free and open source", then it is
not possible to run software that depends on propietary/closed source
code. My concern, however, is not that far reaching... I know that
whatever code we can produce at the Lab it is going to be very MS
Windows-centric... our systems are going to be designed for a Windows
> I would look to see the extent of VB compatibility under Mono if it
> really bothers you. It was a 2006 Google SoC project if I recall
> correctly. Cool stuff and I think the student was hired by Novell.
Excellent project... but for what I understand about it, it is aiming at
.NET compatibility, not really VB6.
> Given that you are in an academic environment I would also recommend
> looking at Educational Community License v2.0. It is Apache based and
> used on other educational projects like Sakai. It is GPL 3.0
> compatible but not 2.0.
I'll look it up :-) thank you!
Pablo M. Dotro
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