Open Source Kickstarter Report Card

Richard Gaskin ambassador at
Tue Aug 18 03:51:52 CEST 2015

JB wrote:

> How hard can it be to add pdf support to open-source?

Technically, it's a matter of copying the GPLv3 license file into that 
repository, and adding an appropriate note to the main source file.

It seems the considerations here aren't technical.

> I assume the code is in C++ or Obhective-C.

LiveCode Builder, IIRC.

> I am not a C programmer but I have learned
> a little about it and might be willing to help.
> First of all you would need to understand I am
> not completely up to par on C so I would need
> some help and simple guidelines at first.
> Second since they are exclusive I want to make
> sure pur work is exclusive too.  That is only fair.
> Working for free and helping out is one thing but
> providing code for them to use exclusively does
> not interest me.

If you really wanted to send a message, rather than write C for the 
LiveCode community you could write it in Python for the Python community.

That is, if it weren't for the hundreds of PDF packages that already 
exist for that very popular language:

Indeed it's the relationship between capabilities and audience size that 
leads me to believe LiveCode will choose a simpler, more partnering 
approach with their open source supporters on this PDF component.

  Richard Gaskin
  Fourth World Systems
  Software Design and Development for the Desktop, Mobile, and the Web
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