Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why GPL? / GPL Sucks / RMS is a Twit

2. I can't use GPL, can I get a non-GPL license?

3. Can I give you money?

4. Can I give you code?

1. Why GPL? / GPL Sucks / RMS is a Twit

I chose the GPL for the free version of Lumbermill because the free version of Lumbermill is supposed to be free. In it's standard usage there is no need to link to it (it's a standalone application), so it can't contaminate your proprietary software. There will be components of Lumbermill that will be intended for linking in the future, and they will be released under the LGPL.

I am an economist and my primary product is intellectual property. As such, I am 100% in support of commercial software. If you wish to produce commercial software which derives some of it's value from Lumbermill, I applaud you! ... and I want a piece of the action. See FAQ 2.

2. I can't use GPL software, can I get a non-GPL license?

Absolutely! I am well aware that there are companies and individuals who flatly refuse to use GPL software for various reasons, good and bad. It's also clear that there are situations in which it would be desirable to link Lumbermill into a proprietary application. I would be happy to discuss terms for providing you with a non-GPL license, and no license is out of the question. Price will vary in proportion to the amount of rights you wish to purchase.

I have not even begun to think about pricing. Please contact me through my project page on SourceForge for a quote if you don't wish to wait for me to come up with standardized prices.

To get a rough idea, the rights spectrum in my world goes from GPL on the left, to BSD style on the right. In between are a wide variety of licenses, including the "per seat binary" license that I believe most naturally suits Lumbermill for commercial applications. There is also a continuum from "this release only" to "n years of free upgrades" that can be considered, as well as levels of user support, and command performances on feature enrichment. In short, we can find a price and license that suits your needs, but it may require some creativity. For tricky or liberal licenses, it will make the process much faster if you have a clear idea of what you need, what you want, and what is unimportant.

3. Can I give you money?

Absolutely! I like money. Right now I'm paying off some old debt and saving up to buy an old BMW 325i that I can turn into a race car (rallying rocks). Frankly, I can't think of anything that you could do with your extra money that would be more rewarding than giving it to me (of course, that's just my opinion :-). I'll set up a paypal donate page sometime soon. In the meantime, if you just can't wait to send me your money, feel free to contact me through the page on SourceForge!

4. Can I give you code?

Absolutely! I'm completely open to all code contributions. At the very least, I will publish any relevant patch on the project page on SourceForge. At the very most, I'll include it as a part of the standard build.

If you want your code considered for inclusion in the standard build, please be aware that I require, at a minimum, full power of attorney to provide licensing to your code as described in FAQ #2. If I include your code in the standard build, and sell such a license, I will do my best to agree with you on a reasonable estimate of your relative contribution to Lumbermill as a whole, and I will share the profit with you. Please be aware that the final judgement of the relative value of your contribution is entirely at my discretion. I want to be fair, but I will not spend 3 hours arguing with anyone. Please also be aware that I will not judge by LOCs or user functionality alone. Maintenance, maintainability, documentation, testing, project management, and user support all play a significant role.

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