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Message 6830 - Posted: 8 Oct 2007, 3:38:14 UTC

Wikipedia article for BURP says \"BURP itself is proprietary software, but it includes some free software subprojects\". Is this correct? BOINC is LGPL, client code is LGPL, Blender patches are GPL, CATS is LGPL. Is the lack of sourcecode for upload_animation.php, assimilator, and other components enough to say \"BURP is proprietary software\"?
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Message 6832 - Posted: 8 Oct 2007, 7:21:32 UTC
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Well, I\'d say that proprietary is a rather strong word in the case of BURP, however, the definition [\"Proprietary rights include the right to permit or prohibit others from using the intellectual property.\"] covers it somewhat anyways.

It is true that even though the backend server code is available from CVS it is not released under any open source license and hence automatically falls into the category of copyrighted work - and therefore is proprietary.

It is also true that this part will most likely become opensourced under one of the OSI approved licenses at some point when it is stable enough for derivative works to be based on it.

[edit:] Not everything will be OSI approved stuff in the future, though. For instance the PovRay renderer patchset will be released under a special license if the decision is made to support it.
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Message 6872 - Posted: 11 Oct 2007, 2:14:00 UTC - in response to Message 6832.  
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[edit:] Not everything will be OSI approved stuff in the future, though. For instance the PovRay renderer patchset will be released under a special license if the decision is made to support it.

Chris Cason has posted a message about POV-Ray 4.0 development on the newsgroups. POV4 will almost certainly use GPLv3.

Now, I wonder how many years we need to wait for it... I\'m really interested in POV 3.7 too, and not really for the multithreading feature. One new feature is it saves a .pov-state file instead of an image during the render, the image is only created when the render finishes. This would give much cleaner checkpointing with BOINC. Also, apparently the \"frontend\" and \"backend\" are better separated now.

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