The original Squeak release is available under APSL2.

Ron Teitelbaum Ron at
Thu May 25 01:31:07 UTC 2006


That is really great news!  Thank you everyone at Viewpoints Research for
taking this on and making real progress!  

I agree with Jimmie we need to organize quickly and release a newly licensed
version, and we should continue pushing new code toward MIT.  The MIT is my
own personal opinion but it needs to be well thought out.

There does seem to be some questions as to the best license to adopt if we
are considering doing a 501(c)3 US corporation.  The details about free
licenses, agreements to distribute compilations with the copyright being
kept by the authors, or having copyrights signed over to the foundation are
not quite clear to me, so I would suggest we get good advice upfront before
moving too far forward.  

How we proceed from here could significantly impact the community.  The
questions that I believe need to be answered are: 

	1) How does the community feel about signing agreements to
contribute code?  (Will having to accept something prevent people from
	2a) Would everyone agree to sign over their copyrights to the Squeak
	2b) or would the community agree to sign over distribution rights to
the code instead
	3) Is there a benefit of one or the other (2a-b) for obtaining
501(c)3 status?
	4) Are there presidents we should be following for 501(c)3 license
agreements?  (Will the MIT license stand up to the public good test, how
will copyright ownership by SqF be viewed by the IRS?)

Do we need to actually rebuild a version from 1.1 that we receive from

I would think that it is possible to have and electronic version of a
license agreement that is accepted each time new code is submitted, and when
code is downloaded.  Maybe the contributors' acceptance of the license
agreement could be tracked on squeakSouce?  

Like Daniel, I'm very happy to put the license issues behind us!

Congratulations to all!

Ron Teitelbaum
President / Principal Software Engineer
US Medical Record Specialists 
Ron at 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Craig Latta
> Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 1:38 PM

> 	Thanks to long-running efforts by folks at Viewpoints Research
> Institute, Apple Computer and elsewhere, Apple has given Viewpoints
> permission to make a release of the original public Squeak system using
> the Apple Public Source License.

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