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(Ha)²:
This is a great move, and one that encourages building the best free forum software possible, in my opinion. The end user probably isn't going to care what name is on the software; they are going to care about what the software does.

akyhne:
Great step forward, really. This is the reason why I joined the team a few years ago - to be part of an open source project where people help each other out for free!

I also like that non hostile or non true Open Source forks are the only ones who can post about their projects here. But maybe the team should make some guidelines to what can be used and what can't.

What about mods other people made and are available at simplemachine's modsite and theme site? Can they implement them in their own projects? Some of these mods are not under a BSD licence and don't allow redistribution. Should they even be on the download pages?

Kindred:
this is getting somewhat off-topic....

but no...   if a mod is not BSD licensed, then it (technically) can not be included in any fork without the original author's permission.

As for them being available on the download site here...   we allow mods with different licenses, as long as they are free (money) to be distributed on our mod site.

NBK*Twitch:

--- Quote from: Kindred on August 16, 2011, 03:14:49 PM ---this is getting somewhat off-topic....

but no...   if a mod is not BSD licensed, then it (technically) can not be included in any fork without the original author's permission.

--- End quote ---


That is partly wrong. As long as the mod is using an open source license like the mit license you can add it to the fork without issue. It is one of the good things about being open source

Eliana Tamerin:
I think Kindred means if the license is not one compatible with BSD then the mod can't be included. So licenses like MIT, Apache, LGPL and WTFPL (just to name a few) are probably fine. Some like SMF's old license, GPL (unless the fork wishes to become GPL), or something definitively closed source aren't possible.

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