|| ||"Srinivasa Ragavan" <sragavan-AT-novell.com>|
|| ||Evolution: Taking forward...|
|| ||Fri, 11 Jul 2008 04:21:56 -0600|
We have had a set of problems that we are carrying around for some time like
* Copyright assignments, which is not the best way looking for the
future of Evolution. It sucks and sort of limits contributions to Evolution
and we wanted to drop it.
* The current licensing incompatibility issues of Evolution with
Samba4/libmapi (GPLv3). Evolution needs to link with libmapi/samba4 for the
new mapi based connector being developed for Exchange 2007.
So here is the plan :
* Drop Evolution copyright assignments and make it really easy to
contribute to Evolution
* Move Evolution licensing to "LGPL v2 and LGPL v3" to let us re-use
the code more easily around the platform. This also moves us closer to
Thunderbird's MPL/LGPL model.
We think this is good for Evolution and (of course) we continue to invest in
Evolution. We are also working to ensure we have the rights to re-license all
of the code. We will do the licensing/header changes as we audit the code
It would be really helpful if you can post a public/explicit mail with
permissions to do it, or code pointers - if you think you wrote a piece of
Evolution code & object.
We are really excited about this and we feel this would really help Evolution
a lot. We need your support now for making this change and to take Evolution
to great heights.
?Thanks for your contributions and support.
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