Waze вече няма да е под GPL. Затваря си сорс кода.

От известно време ползвам Waze. Чудесна идея…сносно изпълнение. Има още какво да се желае от разработчиците, но да кажем, че бавно се получават нещата и трябва търпение. Малко цитати от http://www.waze.com/faq/, да не вземат да ги коригират ;-)

How was the idea for Waze created?

The idea for Waze originated years ago, when Ehud Shabtai, a software engineer with a degree in Philosophy and Computer Science from Tel Aviv University, was given a PDA with an external GPS device pre-installed with navigation software. Ehud’s initial excitement quickly gave way to disappointment when he saw that the product didn’t reflect the dynamic changes that characterize real conditions on the road, or have real-time info, like where speed traps were located.

An experienced open-source developer with a passion for social services and apps, Ehud took matters into his own hands and started to build the first dynamic traffic platform which combined GPS, open-source software and a community of drivers. His goal? To accurately reflect the road system, state of traffic and all the information relevant to drivers at any given moment.

Is Waze really free? What is the company’s business model?

Yes, Waze is completely free for our users. Since the map itself is based on community contributions, it’s only natural that Waze is available at no cost for those who contribute to building it. We generate income via location-based advertising.

За Nokia N900 няма официална поддръжка, но от maemo community-то има добър човек, който се грижи да я компилира и пакетира на .deb от тяхното repository. Версията е 2.4.х, такaва е и за Windows Mobile, Symbian, Android. Обаче се появи и версия 3.0. За разлика от 2.х обаче тя не се появи в repository-то и някакси тайно се подшушваше, че тя вече не е с лиценз GPL. Толкова тайно, че никъде не може да се открие по сайта и ако може никой да не разбира най-добре. Нали е безплатно, на кой му пука free software ли е, open source ли ….или просто безплатен application.

Само че аз бях решил да участвам доста по-активно и коригирах улици, паркинги, сгради, липсващи пътища, че и стартирах рисуването на малки селища. Случката със затварянето (пренаписването) на waze тихомълком и пускането му под друг лиценз хич не ми хареса. Защо да contribute-вам за нещо, което не е отворено и се превръща от една прекрасна идея с свободен код в затворен безплатен софтуер, чиято цел се променя заради бизнес интереси явно. Всъщност авторите са в правото си да го направят това нещо. Реших обаче, че е нечестно това да се случва тихомълком и изпратих леко драматичен мейл до waze защо сменят толкова рязко курса и не уведомяват своите потребители, благодарение на които ежедневено картите и маршрутите им се подобряват и никой не им плаща за това.

Получих следния отговор:

Hi Plаmen,

Indeed version 3.0 is not GPL, reason being various limitations posed on GPL and other open source related code by various stores as well as device manufacturers. These limitations carry the risk of being kicked out from these stores or being prohibited from running on these devices.

I am attaching below an example (in this case the Blackberry App World store):

BlackBerry App World Vendor Agreement Update

Dear BlackBerry App World Vendor,

We have published a small revision to the App World Vendor Agreement. Click here for new version. The only changes are in section 10(k), which clarifies that open source components are not prohibited, provided that the inclusion of those components does not compromise the proprietary nature of any RIM proprietary code and information or that of any third party (e.g., RIM or third party proprietary SDK/NDK libraries).

Compliance with permissive open source licenses, such as recent BSD and MIT licenses, should be relatively straightforward. Other common open source licenses, such as the various versions of (L)GPL are more complex. Use of components subject to such licenses may or may not be permitted depending upon a variety of factors including the specific license version, context, and use model.

Best Regards,
BlackBerry App World Team

Waze is continuing to contribute to the open source community (for example we supplied a critical Cassandra performance related bug fix not long ago), but having the client side open source is something that became an issue we needed to address.



Не ми идва нищо друго в главата освен фразата “Elop effect”?!

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