Friday, November 10, 2006

A new name, a new license, a new home...

I'm pleased to announce that the new codebase finally has a name:


Named, of course for The Village newspaper from the classic television series, The Prisoner.

The code will be released under the Apache 2.0 license, a departure from the former Spatula Public License. Much as I like my SPL, it has some flaws. My main goals in creating that license were to make my code GPL-phobic, because I despise the GPL and any other license whose creators intend to spread like a virus.

Of the free, open source licenses, the Apache 2.0 license comes the closest to my goals, requiring anyone deriving something from my project to leave my copyright notice intact and provide a NOTICE file indicating that they've made changes, though for their own contributions and code they may use whatever license they choose. I hope they choose to also use the Apache license, not the GPL abomination.

Having the Apache license allows me to manage the project with Google Code using Subversion. This is the project's new home. I've checked in the code I've written so far. Keep in mind that this is very much a work in the very early stages of progress. It has quite some way to go before it's in a state that's usable by anybody.


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