Posted by: 2stepsback | June 16, 2007

Porting from FOSS projects

Microsoft has gone crazy. Yup!
What is wrong with them? They are everywhere and they are still paranoid.
Anyway, coming to the point of this post – if you see the amount of projects at the standard opensource sites like sourceforge etc you will find that you can port those projects to ASP or ASP.Net or Java/JSP/JSF

Quite a few of the PHP projects are Apache/BSD/MIT licensed, in case you want to make a proprietary product. However, what is fair is fair, and you should mention a couple of lines in the about box that your code is based on the project – you can even take the idea only – it is allowed by the Apache/BSD/MIT licenses. Port it to the Microsoft / Java platform and you have a product of your own.

Other projects like MySQL, db4o, etc. have a dual licensing strategy – if you are using the project for a commercial, derived product, you have to take the commercial distribution license. If you want to keep it free, you can choose to contribute, fork or extend but, under the GPL – one place that would be very useful is if you are starting out in the said project and want to learn more about the project.

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