Kurtz-Fernhout Software


Date: Wed, 31 May 2000 20:31:45 -0400

From:   Paul Fernhout
Reply-To: unrev-II@egroups.com
Organization: Kurtz-Fernhout Software

To:     unrev-II@egroups.com

Re:   [unrev-II] soliciting agenda items

Eugene Eric Kim wrote:

I'm in the process of putting together the agenda for tomorrow's meeting. If you have something you'd like to suggest, please e-mail me. Thanks.


While I won't be there (I'm in NY), I would suggest discussing committing to one or more appropriate open source licenses...


...and code submission guidelines and agreements to replace "permission to use". This commitment would be required to be on SourceForge.

Realistically, the license will probably be Mit/X/BSD-Revised or GPL/LGPL, perhaps with an "Open Content" or "Open Publication" license...

> http://software-carpentry.codesourcery.com/openpub-license.html

...for emails, slides, and video.

I would recommend looking at the Python submission guidelines for some ideas on what to ask from contributors:



These are basically statements of originality and disclaimers of contributor's liability.

If such a license can be agreed on, consider putting as much of the existing code and repositories for Augment under it as is legally possible, as well as the contents of the Colloquium (email, slides, video). It is not important that a running version of Augment be put under the license -- just that there is something symbolic to start with (the "stone" in "stone soup" so to speak).

I for one would love to peruse the Augment source code and comments for ideas.

If commitment to a license is not considered appropriate at this time, at least discuss naming a date or time frame by which such commitment is expected, or discuss putting in place a formal process to decide on a license involving the mailing list, or discuss changing the mission statement of the Colloquium to be a meta-NIC existing mainly to discuss and catalogue existing OHS/DKR-like systems and suggest enhancements (which is itself a worthwhile pursuit).


Kurtz-Fernhout Software

Paul Fernhout

Developers of custom software and educational simulations
Creators of the Garden with Insight(TM) garden simulator