Towards Excellent Defect Management

Julian / xyquadrat mail at
Tue Sep 14 18:43:48 BST 2021

Most of Sentry is licensed under the BSL (Business Source License), 
which prohibits using the software to create your own commercial service 
providing "Application Monitoring Services" 
This is not an OSI-approved license. The issue whether such a license 
would be acceptable to use in KDE infrastructure has come up a few 
months back, in the thread "is a BSL licensed service acceptable for 
sysadminy use cases?" which was started on the 26.05 
( There was no real 
conclusion in the thread.

Personally I'd be fine with BSL, since for all purposes of KDE, it is 
indeed free software, but I understand that some people would prefer a 
true OSI license. The license Sentry uses also includes a "timebomb" 
clause that releases all code under Apache 2.0 after 4 years. It seems 
difficult to use a 4 year old version of a piece of software that is 
exposed online, but it could potentially be a true FOSS option.

Julian / xyquadrat

On 14.09.21 19:34, Albert Astals Cid wrote:
> El dimarts, 14 de setembre de 2021, a les 17:23:01 (CEST), Harald Sitter va escriure:
>> It is  practically free software as far as we are concerned
> I guess this means it's not actually Free Software?
> Cheers,
>    Albert

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