GPLv3 … crickets?

sugarcrmdevelopers —  February 7, 2008 — 8 Comments

Hey all, I studied long and hard in order to bone up for the “GPLv3 and You” talk I did today. Events like SugarCon are really terrific as “forcing events” to go deep, deep, deep into a topic that may not be top of mind before the event.So, like a lawyer preparing for a jury trial, I made sure I was well-versed, over-prepared, and simply brimming with GPLv3 wisdom. After all, I didn’t have to go this deep since last July when we announced we’ll support GPLv3 beginning with Sugar Community Edition 5.0.

Well, an odd thing happened. Nobody really cared!!! A pall of silence descended over the ballroom when I finished my expertly crafted dissertation and asked, with some trepidation: “Are there any questions?”. Crickets, crickets, and more crickets.

Upon reflection, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at the response. I think we Sugar types vastly overestimated the importance of GPLv3 to the average developer who, after all, is concerned only with getting their jobs done under tight deadlines back at the shop. Yes, if they ever intend to distribute, er, “convey”, his or her code … well, then they’ll think back to that brilliant dissertation they heard at SugarCon. And even then most really don’t care as GPLv3 makes it easy.

I’ve come to understand that GPLv3 is really “inside baseball” for the vast majority of our community. Lesson learned … on to the next topic.

8 responses to GPLv3 … crickets?

  1. 

    After all that prep work we did?! So my question out to the community is, “why don’t you care?” Does switching from the SPL to the GPLv3 have any meaningful impact on you?

  2. 

    After all that prep work we did?! So my question out to the community is, “why don’t you care?” Does switching from the SPL to the GPLv3 have any meaningful impact on you?

  3. 

    Yes, your legwork was much appreciated … by me. But the audience, on the other hand …

  4. 

    Yes, your legwork was much appreciated … by me. But the audience, on the other hand …

  5. 
    Matt Heitzenroder February 13, 2008 at 8:38 am

    Now that Sugar is GPL, it’s officially Open Source and the blogosphere has lost fodder to yap about. Daniel Lyons nailed the apathy people have with OSS today – it’s just about a free product. Am I wrong?

  6. 
    Matt Heitzenroder February 13, 2008 at 12:38 am

    Now that Sugar is GPL, it’s officially Open Source and the blogosphere has lost fodder to yap about. Daniel Lyons nailed the apathy people have with OSS today – it’s just about a free product. Am I wrong?

  7. 

    Sheesh… I would take it that you did a good job presenting AND that GPL3 isn’t that controversial. As a developer, I saw the move to the GPL license as very important and another brick in the sugarcrm wall of power. OSS isn’t just free product, it is an OPEN product you can change, improve, and have access to as long as you want. I say that as a developer that would probably never redistribute most of what I do for my sugarcrm clients–GPL matters.

  8. 

    Sheesh… I would take it that you did a good job presenting AND that GPL3 isn’t that controversial. As a developer, I saw the move to the GPL license as very important and another brick in the sugarcrm wall of power. OSS isn’t just free product, it is an OPEN product you can change, improve, and have access to as long as you want. I say that as a developer that would probably never redistribute most of what I do for my sugarcrm clients–GPL matters.

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