Thanks for the detailed reply. Good answers all.
One more question: What do I have to do if I want to distribute InstantDB
today with a product I create (opensource, freeware or commercial)?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Keith Bigelow" <email@example.com>
To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>; <email@example.com>;
Cc: "Paul Morgan (E-mail)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>; "Greg Schwarzer
Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2000 10:34 AM
> Thanks for the post. If I know Peter, he'd probably prefer that I answer
> marketing questions and that he get to answer engineering ones... :)
> So, you post asks 3 questions:
> a> Why is the licensing vague on IDB on instantdb.enhydra.org?
> b> What's up with releasing the source?
> c> You planning in reindeer games with the licensing??
> The short answer to "A" is "We've been really busy and a little sloppy."
> When we acquired ICS/IDB, we were unclear on how we'd license it. Many
> internally wanted it free-ware, and to sell the source. Others wanted an
> Enhydra Public License applied to the code. During this indecision, the
> site said "ask us". For what it's worth, I now receive upwards of 5
> a day from companies planning to redistribute the software as part of a
> solution they've created. And, with company like IBM Websphere and Nortel
> doing this, it's not surprising that people are jumping on board. We will
> fix "A" probably around the time that we release source to IDB. Right
> we are so heads down on Enhydra Enterprise, which utilizes IDB at its
> that we simply haven't been spending a lot of time updating the site.
> The short answer to "B" is "We've been rearchitecting and perfecting IDB
> a service for use within Enhydra/Enhydra Enterprise, and until that work
> complete we're unlikely to release source." That stated, I'm hoping to
> us accomplish this goal and release source to IDB in Q1/2001, which is
> I expect to see Enhydra Enterprise in bulletproof form on Enhydra.org as
> well. I should note, that while we're doing this work, it in no way
> precludes your use of IDB with Websphere or any other application server /
> development suite. So, we're making progress, but we're not there yet.
> The short answer to "C" is "No." The long answer to "C" is "No, no
> games. I expect IDB source to be covered by the EPL." The licensing of
> XMLC was not about playing games, but about trying to ensure the code
> fork. With EPL's current form, we're pretty certain that is unlikely to
> I haven't 'vetted' any of these responses with our exec staff, so I'm not
> going to swear that the dates are perfect or anything, but this is the
> intent that I come to work with every day.
> best regards,
> Keith Bigelow
> Director of Product Mgmt
> Lutris Technologies http://www.lutris.com
> Sponsors of Enhydra http://www.enhydra.org
> ----- Original Message ----- From: Terry Steichen
> To: Peter Hearty <mailto:email@example.com>
> Cc: instantDB@enhydra.org <mailto:instantDB@enhydra.org>
> Sent: Monday, November 27, 2000 9:28 AM
> Subject: InstantDB: InstantDB's Licensing and Open Source Status
> Hi Peter,
> My curiosity is piqued on two points. The first pertains to InstantDB
> licnesing. You've made it very clear in a coupleof recent e-mails that
> anyone has the right to use and even redistribute InstantDB, as long as
> includes an acknowledgement of Lutris' ownership (and other small
> However, on the web site, the official Lutris statement is "check with us
> for licensing details". Why doesn't Lustris just update the website to be
> consistent with your rather clear and unambiguous licensing explanation?
> The second part of my curiosity pertains to open-source plans. Lutris (and
> you) have stated that this is planned. Yet there are a number of folks who
> have asked for more details and - curiously - their requests remains
> unanswered (which is rather strange for this list). Why is that (or
> what are Lutris' plans in this regard)?
> Perhaps I'm a bit jaded by my memory of Lutris' strange initial effort to
> shift XMLC away from open-source and into a proprietary status. For those
> who were 'around' at that time, this created quite a furor, till Lutris
> eventually backed off. I don't imagine anything like that is afoot, but a
> little clarification would be most welcome.
> Terry Steichen
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