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    @ruihildt said in Why not make Cloudron fully open source again?:

    It never was a requirement for apps to have a specific license to be packaged.

    Not to say that all licenses types can be packaged - the license for the app needs to allow free distribution of the software in order for us to package it.


  • @avatar1024 said in Why not make Cloudron fully open source again?:

    @jdaviescoates Most but not all I don't think (TeamSpeak isn't, right?).

    Confluence and Emby too. Possibly others (I would still really like a filter in the app store for licences and LDAP support)

    But, I think the additional Cloudron code in the Cloudron packages for those apps is still MIT even for these non-open-source apps too.

    @avatar1024 said in Why not make Cloudron fully open source again?:

    At least in my circle, it's difficult to promote cloudron due to its licensing choice and I would need more info to explain / justify such a choice

    Same.

    @avatar1024 said in Why not make Cloudron fully open source again?:

    and everyone of course wants the dev to get reliable income, people just think a free software license would not endanger the business model

    Exactly.

    Although I'm still open to being convinced otherwise if there is some genuine risk I've not fully considered as a non-developer.

    @avatar1024 said in Why not make Cloudron fully open source again?:

    I will write more on the topic soon

    Thanks 🙂


  • IMHO, there are serious problems with AGPL-licensed software that is hosted on servers - namely, it allows Amazon AWS , Google GCP, Microsoft Azure etc to take the code and start charging for it without contributing anything back to upstream. The access to code has stopped being the bottleneck. The problem is now centralization. We've seen this happen again and again with Redis, Elastic etc.

    The question is whether this risk is worth the developer contributions and user adoption that Cloudron is missing out by NOT being open-source.


  • @nilesh The devs seem to imply they don’t want code contributions but will allow them if it allows a new app in the store that couldn’t exist without them.

    That’s the vibe I’ve gotten anyway. I’ve written code contributions to box for my VPN Client app and plan to add contributions to dashboard. But I’ll let you guys know what happens.


  • @nilesh I signed up way before there were the amount of developer contributions we can see now because what the Cloudron team could offer was already awesome. I've seen the forums get really busy with lots of dev suggestions; I've tried non-Cloudron submitted apps that didn't work out for this or that reason - even though some are still on offer, I'm not sure to what degree the Cloudron team has taken "full" responsibility for these dev-contributed apps, but it has all made me wonder just how much busier these contributions have made the Cloudron team, and to what detriment to existing users or road plans. Obviously the Cloudron team has a better picture of who the paying users are, but I suspect there are many like me. Don't get me wrong, I super appreciate the time outside devs and users have freely given to helping make the overall Cloudron platform broader, but the people I'm looking at getting to sign up and pay for Cloudron are more like me , though they have less awareness or interest in open-source in general, they do like things that work, and they like having ownership and control over their data (meaning we won't ever sign up with an AWS, GC or Azure-branded cloudron). My main concern is that Cloudron remains functioning to be able to offer their service.


  • @scooke That sounds spot on and the best demographic to go after. Since I’m just a dev that finds this stuff fun (not the target market); they still do go out of the way to help me which I think shows how much character both of them have. Which is another reason I’ve backed Cloudron so much.

    I did want to ask what you meant by installing apps outside of the official AppStore and what was your experience with that?


  • @nilesh said in Why not make Cloudron fully open source again?:

    IMHO, there are serious problems with AGPL-licensed software that is hosted on servers - namely, it allows Amazon AWS , Google GCP, Microsoft Azure etc to take the code and start charging for it without contributing anything back to upstream.

    Two things.

    1. The scenario you describe is actually exactly what AGPL was designed to protect against, no? See https://www.gnu.org/licenses/agpl-3.0.html and lots of relevant quotes from that and other write-ups in posts above.

    Perhaps you're thinking of a different license?

    But, also,

    1. as I said above, I think the risk of someone cloning Clouron is MUCH higher from a small tech agency than the Tech Giants taking the code. The Tech Giants have unfathomable resources. If they wanted to reverse engineer Cloudron it would take an unimaginably tiny fraction of their immense budgets.

  • @jdaviescoates The Fair Code license makes this explicit - I think it might work well here if they choose to go open-source. https://faircode.io/


  • @ianhyzy Fair code is not a license, and it's not open source (OSI compliant).


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  • Just dropping this link here for inspiration while I remember: https://ghost.org/about/


  • Reference the above and thinking out loud; I'm thinking to turn our efforts on the whole Brandlight WP/Woo stack, and probably wider peripheral development & maintenance business, into a Foundation.

    Mostly for simplicity and arguments' sake, team, users & contributors become beneficiaries. Better trust for what happens with income & expenses.

    I'm sure there's other advantages I need to research too but mostly a deceleration to the world that the work is for the quality of the products and no-one's looking for a quick-flip or windfall, just sustainable satisfaction and protection to keep on evolving.


  • @marcusquinn Like a .coop too.


  • @robi Maybe, I don't know much about either - but living in Jersey, I know Trusts and Foundations are in many ways big business as much as Companies.