[OS X TeX] ANN: AquaTkbibtex 1.3
Schremmer.Alain at gmail.com
Thu Jun 22 11:05:37 EDT 2006
Bruno Voisin wrote:
> Le 21 juin 06 à 20:26, Kevin Walzer a écrit :
>> I've released version 1.3 of AquaTkbibtex, my "Aquified" version of the
>> venerable tkbibtex editor developed by Peter Corke. The new release
>> is a
>> universal binary and includes a refined interface for printing
>> documents. It is licensed under the GPL. For more information, see
> Warning: this answer is OT, and may be viewed as a rant.
> However, the move from freeware to shareware without prior notice
> seems unethical to me: a free beta version is released, people are
> starting to use it, they are reporting bugs either directly to you or
> through a mailing list, you are getting beta testers for free in this
> way, and then suddenly without prior notice the software is made
> shareware when reaching release quality, so that people have to pay
> for continuing to use it.
> I was shocked when realizing this, in the same way as I had been
> shocked some time ago when Claus Gerhardt's Flashmode scripts, after
> testing as freeware on this list IIRC, became suddenly and without
> prior notice shareware.
Qualitatively, they do look like the CDDB - Gracenote switch and, to
quote Wikipedia, "The maneuver was and remains controversial, because
the CDDB database was and is built on the voluntary submission of CD
track data by thousands of individual users, who received no
compensation for their work."
Quantitatively, everything seems different.
And so, Walzer's response to your post seems quite acceptable to me.
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