"Introducing New LiveCode Licenses"
m_p_wilcox at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Oct 29 11:13:56 CET 2013
>> Perhaps once the refactoring is complete and many features become syntax modules that can be added and removed we will see some more options here.
This is a good point - it would be unnecessarily painful to manage feature restricted versions in the monolithic engine. On the other hand, once externals become first class extensions it would be very difficult to prevent people from using the "premium" ones with a free commercial engine. I suspect the only bullet-proof solution there would be for the free version not to support extensions at all. That's probably not ideal for extension authors! :)
From: Monte Goulding <monte at sweattechnologies.com>
To: How to use LiveCode <use-livecode at lists.runrev.com>
Sent: Tuesday, 29 October 2013, 8:16
Subject: Re: "Introducing New LiveCode Licenses"
On 29/10/2013, at 5:50 PM, Curry Kenworthy <curry at pair.com> wrote:
> Besides the effort to monetize support options, perhaps the commercial version could also diverge a bit from the open source version eventually to offer some extra power in another higher commercial version.
There's quite a bit of value in everything being open source even for someone that only uses the commercial version. I'm now quite regularly using the engine source as an extra level of documentation (the irony that it's almost entirely undocumented itself shouldn't be lost here). So here's hoping we don't get to a point where new features start being implemented for the commercial version only. OTOH it's quite reasonable to have a commercial version that has less features than the open source one so it can be sold cheaply or even given away as Mark Wilcox suggests. While it's been tried before with revMedia it wasn't coupled with an open source version or the high profile mobile platforms. Perhaps once the refactoring is complete and many features become syntax modules that can be added and removed we will see some more options here.
M E R Goulding - software development services
mergExt - There's an external for that!
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