Extoling my Ego

This year has been a bit of a banner year for my paintball habits.  While a devoted player (it’s my main exercise and stress relief), I’m a bit of a cheapskate.  Through hours of play I’ve often proven that you dont’ have to have the best equipment or dump the most paint in order to do well.

As part of Team DesertEdge though, I’ve been forced into times that I have to “put out” a little more than your average player.  When people are depending on you, in a tournament situation, you need to really do your part.  That dedication from all of our team has led to a good progression in equipment, and play quality.  This year, we reaped some of our first material rewards, a sponsorship from Planet Eclipse.  PE is a quite respected manufacturer of higher end paintball equipment, based in the UK.  For the last several years, their flagship marker has been the ‘Ego’ line, which was originally based on an autococker style pneumatic system.  A couple of years ago PE decided to branch out with a newer style of marker, and quickly grew a fanbase with the ’05 and ’06 models.

Starting with the 2007 model, PE re-engineered this system once again, creating a lighter, faster, more compact marker than ever before.  So when we were approached with the opportunity to use this new marker, we were quick to sign on.  Heck, high end electronics, that shoot, who wouldn’t?

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Freeside Licensing Change

Received in the Freeside devel and users list today, Ivan announced an upcoming license change for the Freeside package, Going from GPL v2 to AGPL v3.

The purpose of the move is to limit the “webapp loophole”, where you could sell access to a modified version of a GPL product, but not distribute the changes.  As Ivan put it:

“I want Freeside to be free for everyone to use and modify, but I don’t
feel it is equitable to our community for large companies to fork
private versions of the software and sell access to them in a
hosted/SaaS/ASP capacity to avoid having to make the source code of
their derivitive works available.  This seems to violate the spirit of
the GPL and copyleft, if not the letter (hence why it is called a
“loophole”).”

The purpose of this is not to block customized code, but only selling out usage of non-contributed code.  This will not prevent the development of custom plugins, which the Freeside architecture encourages, but only selling hosted access to those. 

Interested parties are invited to particpate in the AGPL draft discussion: http://gplv3.fsf.org/agplv3-dd1-guide.html