Community Server Licensing vs .TEXT

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Before you upgrade to Community Server, be aware that they’ve turned it into a commercial product. Yes, there is a non-commercial license available, but it requires you to display the following image at the bottom of every page.

CS EULA I have no problem giving credit where credit’s due, but this is in stark contrast to the BSD license employed by .TEXT and you should be aware of this if you plan to upgrade to CS.

For example, competitors to Telligent would probably want to purchase the commerical license rather than have to prominently display their logo on your blog.

In any case, I’ll probably stick with .TEXT and start looking into what it will take to switch to DasBlog. I think I prefer the more focused approach DasBlog takes.

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  1. Avatar for Sharp as a Marble
    Sharp as a Marble April 18th, 2005

    I'm still tempted to start my own from scratch. The only thing is I'm not familiar with RSS formats so writing that piece would be tricky. Wanna help? ;)

    I started with .Text for the same reason, SQL support (although I wanted MySQL instead). I've been able to tinker around in .Text and have been happy with my ability to extend it without touching the base code, and that I like. But I'd like more security so that you could have different users modify this and that.

    Oh well, who am I kidding? I've got a 2 1/2 year old and another one on the way due in July. I won't have time to read my own blog much less write anything else!

  2. Avatar for Haacked
    Haacked April 19th, 2005

    Perhaps what is called for is to create a branch of .TEXT as a new open source project. It's BSD licensed so there's no reason we can't do that.

  3. Avatar for Sharp as a Marble
    Sharp as a Marble April 19th, 2005

    Heck, I've already extended the poop out of it.

    There are quite a few things I don't like about it, but don't complain about 'cuz it's free. The main gripe I have is that everything falls under the blog_content table. I prefer other methods, but that's just me.

    Architecturally, I like .Text although I've had to do quite a bit of reverse engineering to figure it out. But since the design was decent, it never took too much time to do so with the exception of a few items like the caching blocks.

    Since I'm running XP 64, maybe I should do a 64 bit app for people who like to blog about numbers like 18,446,744,073,709,551,616

  4. Avatar for Paul C Tan
    Paul C Tan May 22nd, 2005

    Beware of trying to use MySQL. They too have moved to a commercial License unless you GPL your code.