On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 8:12 AM, DaB. <ts@dabpunkt.eu> wrote:
Hello,
Am 28.08.2013 21:18, schrieb Ryan Lane:
> If it isn't free, then it isn't open source.

sorry, thatís wrong. Software can be free but not open-source, it can be
open-source but not free, it can be free and open-source, and can be
non-free and closed source.

If labs only accept stuff that is free AND open source then this is ok,
it just narrows the number of possible tools.


Please read: http://opensource.org/osd-annotated

@Dr. trigon: To answer you question what will happen to these tools: It
is easy, they will die with the toolserver. WMDE and WMF destroy them
together.


Or people are free to move them to infrastructure that isn't funded by the donations to a movement that has Open Content as one of the five pillars <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_is_free_content>. The tools and bots that keep this content alive and free are in my opinion an extension of that pillar.

I'm more than happy to recommend a number of cloud services and am more than willing to give advice on how to configure and run tools and bots from those services. It's even possible to reuse the work we're doing in the tools project, or in the Wikimedia infrastructure via our puppet repository since our infrastructure is Open Source.

- Ryan