Sure sounds as though the source code is yours based upon your late 90s
deal.

Most organizations do not modify the MAPICS/XA source code.

This comes from the lessons learned in the 80s regarding the difficulty of
upgrading from modified code.

However, it is common practice to take MAPICS/XA source code, copy it, and
then modify the copy.

The original is left intact.

Then, when moving to a new release,

A check is done to see if the release has incorporated your modifications
If so, the upgrade is done and the modification is discarded
If not, the upgrade is done and then the modification is incorporated into
the new release
This is a bigger deal in the event of database or dataset additions,
changes or deletions in the new release


Patrick Cusick

Data Aire, Inc.
Information Technology Department
pcusick@xxxxxxxxxxxx
(714) 921 - 6000
(800) 347 - 2473








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To clarify our situation, we have been a Mapics customer for over 20
years. I have been here about 5 years and inherited Mapics XA rel 3 code
that was heavily modified. My company purchased the source code in the
late 90s when Mapics started charging for source. They were told that
this was a one time charge. I remember the same thing happening at my
former company. In 2005, with the help of an Infor affiliate, we
upgraded to rel 7. Before starting, I had to request the Rel 7 source
code which Infor sent to me.

From what I am hearing on this site, it sounds like some customers are
now being charged an ALF. Others I have talked to have never heard of
this. We have never been informed of this.

I understand what Ross is saying about not allowing customers access
without paying, but in our case he is wrong. We did pay for source and
it was taken away without notice.

I agree with those that say we shouldn't be modifying the code but at
this point, it is an absolute necessity that I am able to access the
latest source code when I need to apply a PTF over our all ready
modified code.







Thanks,



Kevin



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