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    Samulayo

    Open source the whole thing.  And do so under the GPL (v3) if possible; that way if someone else makes changes and wants to distribute it, they have to then make their changes available.  The GPL is a "copyleft" license; it uses the copyright mechanism to achieve the goal that nobody can then use it restrictively.

    I've been involved in free software ("free as in speech, not free as in beer") since the mid 1980's.  There has been plenty of free and open source software released; that hasn't necessarily helped Microsoft build better products.

    I understand the concern about not wanting to hand the Republicans something on a silver platter.  But simply doing a big code dump like this only makes the code available; it doesn't help them actually use it effectively.  The developers are under no obligation to actually help anyone else use it; they could assist Democrats, but not lift a finger to help Republicans.  I'm sure the code base is very complex, and actually using it is even worse.

    •  It's all about the developers anyway (0+ / 0-)

      Without them, the codebase is just a pile of bit-rot.  Besides which, the whole FSF thing is completely foreign to the Republican mindset anyway.  They won't trust the code, and if they use it they won't understand the license and will wind up sued.

      So release the code to keep the developers happy and motivated.

      Economic Left/Right: -7.38
      Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -8.00
      Two steps to the right of Trotsky.

      by jvance on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 01:22:24 PM PST

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