Am 29.08.2013 02:24, schrieb Ryan Lane:
let me quote the German Wikipedia, which is a lot clearer in this point
as the English Wikipedia
Open Source [oʊpən ˈsɔːɹs] (engl., US), [əʊpən ˈsɔːs]
quelloffen nennt man Software, deren Lizenzbestimmungen in Bezug auf
die Weitergabe der Software besagen, dass der Quelltext öffentlich
zugänglich ist und – je nach entsprechender Lizenz – frei kopiert,
modifiziert und verändert wie unverändert weiterverbreitet werden
As you can see it says clearly that OpenSource means ONLY that you can
look into the source – only the license can permit to
copy/modify/distribute whatever, A common example for a non-free
open-source software is PGP, where you can look into the source but has
to buy it to use it.
@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
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
The tools and bots that keep this content alive and free are in my
opinion an extension of that pillar.
The goal of Wikipedia is to create, store and provide free knowledge.
How we do this doesn’t matter. Most Wikipedians for example use Windows
as OS, nearly all pictures are taken with commercial cameras (with
unfree firmware), images are modified with Photoshop and videos are cut
with Adobe. And as long as the result is free, that doesn’t matter.
And a word of the goals of donators: They donate for Wikipedia. Not for
the WMF, the WMDE, Labs, Toolserver, Wikidata or free software. If I
remove a single associate of WMF or WMDE it would save more money than
removing the TS BTW.
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.
Very nice idea – how I get the mysql-replication-stream? I got several
offers of donation if the Toolserver would continue; the only problem is
the replication-data. But because the data is open-source, it shouldn’t
be a problem than, should it?