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OrbWorks Community Forum • View topic - Crazy Idea

Crazy Idea

Discuss topics that apply across the products, such as the PocketC language, or development in general

Postby tommyrev on Wed Jul 06, 2005 1:00 pm

I have a shareware program written in Orbforms (http://www.smallvue.com). I would like to release it as GPL software, but I feel that option is somewhat ineffective due to the closed nature of Orbforms. Perhaps Orbforms could follow the lead of Microsoft (is that me saying that???) and release the command-line compiler as free in bear and MAYBE even free as in speech. People would still pay for the IDE (just like Visual Studio). I realise the command-line tools for C#, etc. are not free as in speech but it is a start, and perhaps Orbforms could go a step farther. Another option would be the dual-licensing, such as MySql. Thanks!
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Postby mgreen on Wed Jul 06, 2005 2:19 pm

The GPL agreement does not require that the development platform be free of cost. It does imply that development should be free from restrictive licensing. Orbforms is very cheap ($85 for the unrestricted version), certainly much less than many other commonly used development platforms like CodeWarrior or RealBasic. NSBasic, another excellent Palm development system, costs $100.
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