And it is exciting to see. Everbody knew that the switch to the BSD license made them likely. It should be invigorating to have more developers testing and sharing their own improvements to SMF. With two forks under development, one of which is already available for download, it is now possible to compare and contrast SMF forks. And the SMF team hopes that Forks Discussion
becomes a popular board -- we can all learn a lot from each other.Nightwish
has already made available
his unnamed open-source fork, along with all his plans and comments along the way.
Nao and Arantor, two talented developers well-known at simplemachines.org, are developing another fork, called Wedge. They've made their entire changelog available (and it is an interesting read). As soon as they release the code, we'll see which license they've chosen. So far, they have not expressed interest in using a BSD-like license.
Jeff Lewis recently commented (in SMF Forks Coming!
) that these forks are a step toward the SMF community working "toward being the open project it [was] always envisioned to be". And that's a great vision for SMF.
edit: fixed typo.