Wednesday, April 7, 2021¶
Change license from BSD to AGPL¶
I decided this as the CEO of Rumma & Ko Ltd, who is the copyright holder. I previously checked with all active contributors whether they like the decision.
There are some inactive contributors. For example Joe, who contributed between June 2013 and October 2014. I remember that Joe told me once that he wouldn’t like Lino to switch to AGPL. But I doubt whether he is still interested in the question, and I don’t need to worry whether inactive contributors agree with my decision because the BSD gives me permission to change to AGPL. The opposite is less true, if I got that right, and it’s one of the important reasons for my decision: if, for whatever reason, some greedy giant would want to take Lino and turn it into non-free software, they would get only the versions published until today.
After having meditated all this for a few weeks, and after changing the licenses and copyright headers of lino, xl and book some days ago, I now did it for the remaining repositories:
One exception: eidreader remains BSD because it is a command-line tool.