[pmwiki-users] Commercialism in PmWiki (was: Google Analytics)

Ben Wilson dausha at gmail.com
Thu Aug 24 14:05:09 CDT 2006

On 8/24/06, Patrick R. Michaud <pmichaud at pobox.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 24, 2006 at 11:04:35AM -0700, Martin Fick wrote:
> > --- "Patrick R. Michaud" <pmichaud at pobox.com> wrote:
> > > As a counterpoint to what I just wrote, I should
> > > also note that
> > > I'm not a big fan of the words "commercial license"
> > > for this
> > > either -- it doesn't accurately describe the
> > > license.  But I haven't
> > > come up with a better phrase that isn't equally or
> > > more confusing.
> > > If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear
> > > them.
> >
> > PHB license? ;)
> BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!  This one makes my day.  :-) :-)

I told this to Pm separately, but I have encountered the GPL == no-go
organizations. They would rather pay out the wazoo for Oracle with
geospatial pack than use PostgreSQL. In that case, I let them get
tangled up in proper licensing with Oracle while I implemented a
working system in PgSQL. When they returned empty handed and said,
"now what," I showed them a working product. So, they made _one_
exception and allowd PgSQL. However, they still insisted on Solaris
even though my desktop running Linux outperformed the server (where
the reverse should have been true). Back then, they balked at PmWiki
because it was GPL. I was on the way out anyway, so I did not fight
the issue.

So, as I wind down school and return to the consulting sector, I know
that when I return I'll have to fight those battles again. So, Pm
having the alternative PHB license gives me a blade that will cut
through the red tape more quickly.

I agree with him, also, that dual-licenses work; although I likewise
understand the concern. The effectiveness of the licensing structure
is entirely the personality of the person owning it. IMO, Pm will make
it work. Heck, he could have taken the whole thing from GPL, but
that's not his nature (based on my limited exposure to him).

Ben Wilson
"All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man." HDT

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