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GPL Question : Licensing? GPL? Bundling & Selling Oscommerce/Gallery2/ & Zend Encoded Software

Hello all,

I am working on an application that is basically a bridge between
oscommerce and gallery2 software, with some other functionality.

It will allow users to port all of their media from gallery2 into
oscommrce, complete with rights definitions and watermarking.

I have spent a lot of time on this application, and I am thinking of
selling it as part of a bundled package with creloaded and gallery2.

All the code and modifications to oscommerce will remain open source
with all the licences intact.

All the code and modifications to gallery2 will remain open source with
all the licenses intact.

The code that bridges application will be all original and zend
encoded.

Can I bundle all three applications together and sell them, each with
its own license?

Nov 26 '05 #1
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op************@gmail.com wrote:
Hello all,

I am working on an application that is basically a bridge between
oscommerce and gallery2 software, with some other functionality.

It will allow users to port all of their media from gallery2 into
oscommrce, complete with rights definitions and watermarking.

I have spent a lot of time on this application, and I am thinking of
selling it as part of a bundled package with creloaded and gallery2.

All the code and modifications to oscommerce will remain open source
with all the licences intact.

All the code and modifications to gallery2 will remain open source with
all the licenses intact.

The code that bridges application will be all original and zend
encoded.

Can I bundle all three applications together and sell them, each with
its own license?


Seems OK, but make it clear you are selling the 'bridge' code only and are
providing the GPL apps as a courtesy to your customers. As a further
precaution just in case, supply them on separate CD's or at least so the
software is not so intermingled that it is difficult to copy off the GPL
stuff.
Nov 26 '05 #2
Dell sells serves with RedHat Linux bundled with Oracle on the same
hard drive.

http://configure.us.dell.com/dellsto...0pw23se1&s=bsd

Is this a violation of the GPL?

Thanks!!

Nov 27 '05 #3
On Sunday 27 November 2005 01:13, op************@gmail.com stood up and
spoke the following words to the masses in /comp.os.linux.advocacy...:/
Dell sells serves with RedHat Linux bundled with Oracle on the same
hard drive.

http://configure.us.dell.com/dellsto...0pw23se1&s=bsd
Is this a violation of the GPL?

Thanks!!


I don't see why it should be. Oracle is a userspace application and is
not entertwined in any way with the underlying GNU/Linux operating
system, and certainly not with the Linux kernel. There is nothing in
the GPL that states that one cannot run proprietary software on a Free
Software operating system.

Both RedHat and Oracle are perfectly legally distributed.

--
With kind regards,

*Aragorn*
(Registered GNU/Linux user #223157)
Nov 27 '05 #4
Peter wrote:
op************@gmail.com wrote:
Hello all,

I am working on an application that is basically a bridge between
oscommerce and gallery2 software, with some other functionality.

It will allow users to port all of their media from gallery2 into
oscommrce, complete with rights definitions and watermarking.

I have spent a lot of time on this application, and I am thinking of
selling it as part of a bundled package with creloaded and gallery2.

All the code and modifications to oscommerce will remain open source
with all the licences intact.

All the code and modifications to gallery2 will remain open source with
all the licenses intact.

The code that bridges application will be all original and zend
encoded.

Can I bundle all three applications together and sell them, each with
its own license?


Seems OK, but make it clear you are selling the 'bridge' code only and are
providing the GPL apps as a courtesy to your customers. As a further
precaution just in case, supply them on separate CD's or at least so the
software is not so intermingled that it is difficult to copy off the GPL
stuff.


It's hard to say. 'mere aggregation' of code on the CD is not a problem.
I think if your code will not RUN without either of oscommerce or gallery2,
it may have to be open sourced. if the respective open source licenses are
incompatible, you may have a problem.
otoh, if what you are doing is effectively a file format converter, and it
can run stand-alone without oscommerce or gallery2 running, although it may
require modifications to said applications to provide the files or
something, then your 'bridge' can be distributed how you like.
the best thing is to ask the fsf.

--
Tom Wootten, Fresher NatSci, Trinity Hall.
oof.trinhall.cam.ac.uk
Working with hyperbolic trig functions is as much fun as being coshed on the
head.
Nov 27 '05 #5

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