[kde-community] Request to join the Kde incubator for GCompris

Martin Gräßlin mgraesslin at kde.org
Thu Feb 20 08:37:04 UTC 2014

On Thursday 20 February 2014 09:03:04 Bruno Coudoin wrote:
> Le 19/02/2014 21:24, David Edmundson a écrit :
> > What I see as a problem is that this has an implicit attached request
> > to our current KDE Windows releasing team saying they shouldn't
> > package and release GCompris.
> > 
> > It would be unfair on Bruno for our KDE Windows team to do so. Legally
> > they absolutely can, but it would still be more than a little bit
> > rude. It's also equally unfair on our KDE Windows team to ever prevent
> > them from doing so.
> > 
> > I think it does open up some very interesting questions, not just here
> > but for other cases where our Android/iOS porting becomes popular on
> > how to do this in a manner that is fair to everyone. Money can easily
> > cause a lot of tension and arguments.
> > 
> > I'd like a discussion on it and maybe some guidelines.
> Hi,
> Yes I confirm that this is an important question and we must think about
> it before going further.
> Distributing 2 different binary versions of GCompris, one on
> gcompris.net with an activation code and one on kde.org without would be
> unfair and confusing for the users. Like you mention it would be much
> more confusing on Android/iOS.
> Even if you take out the activation issue, it is very confusing to have
> different application with the same name being build and distributed by
> several organization. It is the rule on GNU/Linux and we are used to
> work that way but on the other platforms it is not practical.

But you cannot prevent it. If for example I don't like that you distribute it 
with an activation code I can take the source and distribute it without the 
activation code.

Given that I don't think it really matters at the moment. You have to be 
prepared that others will provide binaries (whether it's friendly (e.g. KDE) 
or unfriendly (someone just going for the money)). Maybe this could be split 
of into a new thread to brainstorm ideas around that and how to fairly 
distribute the income as that can raise conflicts.

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