[OWASP-FILTERS] Re: license for filters?
alex at netWindows.org
Thu Oct 31 02:04:59 EST 2002
On Wednesday 30 October 2002 17:15, Ingo Struck wrote:
> My (personal) intention is definitely *not* to raise "everyone's boat",
> since I do not feel obliged to support people who potentially work
> against one of my main goals (propagation of *open* source software).
I've discussed with Mark the possiblity of a dual-licensing arrangement for
the filters. I'd also preferr a full-on GPL version, but in order to gain
wide acceptance, I think we also need to allow more restrictive uses of the
I find closed-source code distasteful as well, but right now I think the
value in making the Filters project the defacto way of scrubbing data takes
higher priority than our qualms with some portion of the developer
community. LGPL might solve both of our issues by requiring that object
code for the LGPL'd code have source provided with it. Just a thought.
> Remember Mark's wise words from the WebScarab "Development Charter":
[ wisdom snipped ]
> I think these principles are reasonable and hold for the whole OWASP
We're talking about an exception to those principles because I feel they
don't serve the goals of our particular project adequately, hence the
discussion. I'm not sure whether or not you were involved in the
discussions leading up to the adoption of the GPL as our primary license,
but we choose it because it most closely matched our goals (as a
meta-project) with the rights it provides. In this case, it doesn't work so
well, so we're exploring other potential options.
> So you just can't cut the discussion saying: "A vote is not necessary."
> Can you?
I'm not cutting off the discussion (or, rather, I don't mean to be), just
trying to point out that in the general case the issue has been decided and
so our discussion will revolve around a much smaller set of issues (namely,
our code). The whole OWASP community need not be involved in such a
discussion (unless of course they want to be). Seperately from this, a
decision will be made, and we'll live with it, consensus or not. A stalled
project helps no one, so this will be resolved quickly and we'll get back
Apologies if I was curt or unclear.
alex at SecurePipe.com
alex at netWindows.org
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