• Subject: RE: New RPGIV functionality
  • From: boldt@xxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 15 Jul 1999 08:01:28 -0400

Bob Cozzi wrote:
>There is an RPG IV website. It is <http://www.rpgiv.com>.
>I am fully willing to add a section on user-written code to it, provide
>these conditions are met:
> 1) Full source code is provided.
> 2) Full use rights are granted to the public in writing (in the source or
>attached text file is fine).
> 3) Users agree to indemnify the author of the code, RPGIV.com and anybody
> 4) It is "as is" without warranty of any kind or for any purpose.
> 5) No dependence on rare 3rd-party software is integrated into the code.
>    (That is if it needs product X in order to work, product X can only be a
>very widely used piece of code. For example, Rexx routines for Code/400
>would not be considered widely used.)
>I've offered this before, but few people have replied and fewer offer code.

Great!  To borrow an old movie cliche:  "If you build it, they
will come."  It also helps to advertise, though.

Your conditions are perfectly reasonable and that's how "open
source" software is normally treated anyways.  But it should
also be clarified that this is not necessarily "public domain"
software.  Normally, the copyright of most open source software
is still owned by the author, so by posting your code publically
in this way, you are not giving up any of your rights to your code.
For some advice on distibuting your software freely while
maintaining your rights, visit <http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html>.

BTW Bob, if you don't mind, I do have one complaint about your web
site.  Could you fix it so those of us without 1600x1200 pixel
monitors can view it without having to scroll left to right?
(It probably has something to do with tags like <TD WIDTH="1044">.
I've heard some real horror stories about MS Frontpage.)

Cheers!  Hans

Hans Boldt, ILE RPG Development, IBM Toronto Lab, boldt@ca.ibm.com

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