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(wil) Re: PDF generation

by wil (Priest)
on Sep 04, 2003 at 12:38 UTC ( #288848=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to PDF generation

open source != free

I can't stress that enough. If you're an "open source gal" then go read the website. The source is developed on an 'open source' model. They just choose to charge for the end product.

Sounds to me like you're just after a free (as in beer) solution, not neccessarily an open source one at that. Please make the distinction.

- wil

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Re^2: PDF generation
by adrianh (Chancellor) on Sep 04, 2003 at 17:15 UTC

    Tosh. --.

    The PDFlib Lite licence and the PDFlib licence are not open source licences.

    From the latter's licence:

    It is expressly agreed that this license does not include ownership of the programís source code, but only the right-to-use as defined by this agreement.

    ...

    Licensee may not resell, transfer, rent or lease the program. Licensee is not allowed to transfer the rights obtained under this license to any third party.

    Neither licence is free (as in freedom). Please get your facts straight before you criticise

Re: (wil) Re: PDF generation
by michellem (Friar) on Sep 04, 2003 at 18:18 UTC
    I agree, open source does not necessarily mean free, and I was oversimplifying in talking about what I meant by free. I am interested *both* in free as in beer as well as freely modifyable, redistributable, etc. - something along the lines of a GPL/BSD license.

    I don't know what you are talking about when you say "read the website". There is not a whole lot on the website suggesting that the software is written in an open source model. The license can't possibly pass muster as an open source license. Agreed, PDFlib lite seems to be released as open source, and does fit open source guidelines - but that doesn't mean that PDFlib in general is developed with an open source model.

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