> Actually, the correct statement would be "If you do not donate, you won't have access to this or that until such time I release it for free"
I think either could apply depending on intent. But I understand your point.
> Shareware? You mean make a crippled version of a module and charge for the full version? Or make a full version that is free for 30 days? I can't see the GPL allowing you to do the latter. Once you have obtained the source code, you are free to do with it what you want, free of charge.
Not all shareware is crippleware or trialware. Some shareware are full versions in their own right, but just not with every bell and whistle included unless you purchase the pay version. That was what I was thinking of when I said shareware. I certainly am not a fan of trial or crippleware.
But that aside, so its ok for someone to buy the new ver of AMS and put it up on their site for d/l to all then?
> Wysiwyg editor integration, a completely new spotlight management, a new look for the ByTopic view, that is "bugfixing"? I call it new features.
Those are new features. But if I recall in the news article about it there were 2 or 3 items posted under bugs/fixes. I dont see those released to the current public version is my issue.
> Some of the amount mentioned comes from donations, but what I am astounded by is the fact that you think Brash pays me for my hobby. I develop XOOPS in my spare time and if that is what constitutes "a hobby" then developing XOOPS is my hobby.
However, developing AMS was a professional job to enable me to pay my bills.
I now have a full-time job working with developing XOOPS for a Danish media company - is that also "a hobby" because it has to do with XOOPS? I don't think my employer would like it very much if I considered it that.
To be honest I am totally confused by this. LOL You start to say im wrong in thinking your getting paid for AMS, its a hobby, then say its a business your getting paid for. Perhaps I am not understanding what your trying to say, if so my bad. :(
Tho Didnt he say in the comments he paid for your help with AMS? I am just confused.. no need to get into it, as in the end I dont think its overly important to get into your personal finances.
My only issue on this level is he said hr paid $1,100 or so on AMS development. No one forced him to do that is my bottom line. And it just feels this buy AMS deal is his way of sticking us for his bills we (at least I) never asked him to take on.
I more or less agree with the orginial poster. I also think perhaps if XOOPS continues down this road a split would be a good thing. Perhaps a fork where XOOPS is moved over to a true 'free' licence which I think is the spirit of open source.
My 2 coppers