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Re: [school-discuss] OS4ED Release bAlert


Setting the message aside - Sharing and understanding how OS4ED is
approaching licensing where there is a combination of software downloads
and web services would probably benefit those here who are looking to
become more involved in the process, or craft services of their own.

A while back, a release was made for EasyCOM,
http://os4ed.com/images/easycom.pdf which was a download that worked as
a plugin for openCentre.  Is this set up where the download is free, but
the service on the backend that provides the paging functionality is
where fees are applied?  It looks like EasyCom in the latest release was
renamed to bAlert? 

Basically, I am finding it a little difficult to understand the details
in what you are doing and how the services are provided.  In trying to
find more information, I see that there are others out there on
different websites asking the similar questions (regarding miller-group
and focus centre).  Would you please provide some clarification on this?


Casey Adams wrote:
> My apologies for sending this to the list.  At os4ed.com
> <http://os4ed.com>, we strive to offer  a balance of free and paid
> offerings so that we can sustain long term development of true
> alternatives to costly commercial administrative education
> applications.  Our approach is lower overall TCO with a mix of free
> and fee based offerings.

> We built bAlert on open source because we build everything on open
> source technologies.   That way, even if it is a fee based service,
> you can charge a lower cost, which is directly in line with our
> mission statement.
> Please disregard the message and again my apologies.
> On Thu, 6 Dec 2007 11:08 -1000, Gary Dunn <knowtree@xxxxxxxxx
> <mailto:knowtree@xxxxxxxxx>> wrote:
>     > From:          "Casey Adams" <casey@xxxxxxxxx
>     <mailto:casey@xxxxxxxxx>>
>     >  To:           schoolforge-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>     <mailto:schoolforge-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>     >  Date:         Thu, 6 Dec 2007 14:42:18 -0500
>     >  Subject:      Re: [school-discuss] OS4ED Release bAlert
>     >
>     > Hi Justin,
>     >
>     > This one of our paid services.
>     [snip]
>     > While the entire solution is built on open source, we do have to
>     charge to
>     > cover the infrastructure cost.
>     What infrastructure might that be? You do realize that claiming
>     you have to charge for open-source software is waving a red flag?
>     The real issue is what restrictions you place on the recipient.
>     For example, the GPL guarentees redistribution rights downstream.
>     --
>     Gary Dunn, Honolulu
>     knowtree@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:knowtree@xxxxxxxxx>
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>     http://e9erust.blogspot.com/
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> -- 
> Casey Adams
> 205.612.5489