WWIV 5.0 OpenSourcing Announcement (September 18, 2004)
Original URL: http://wss.wwiv.com/news/pr-50License.htm
WWIV Software Services announces changes in licensing program for WWIV v5.0 and beyond
Press Release: For IMMEDIATE distribution.
Gray TN, September 18 2004: WWIV Software Services (WSS) announces changes in licensing program for WWIV v5.0 and beyond.
Effective Monday, 20 September 2004, WWIV v5.0 will be licensed under the Apache License v2.0 as an open source project. WSS has procured the services of Sourceforge.net® as the central repository for the distribution of source code and submission of changes for final approval. Information on CVS access will be provided in a separate announcement at a later date. WWIV will continue to be managed and developed under the control of WSS. The networking package is NOT included in this licensing change as of this date. A decision regarding release under this license will be made in the future and will be announced here.
WSS feels that WWIV has long since outlived the shareware distribution method and believes that movement to this licensing method will energize the development process and allow dedicated creative minds to enhance the feature set of the software in the future.
Shareware licensing of WWIV v4.30 has been terminated. Effective 20 September 2004, registrations will be issued at no charge upon request to disable the time/use restrictions on the software.
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