Help Porting Our TomeRaider to Ubuntu

Ankur Kotwal ankur.kotwal at
Thu Jun 29 02:09:01 BST 2006

The original poster seems to be asking for help to port their application
and instead the thread is being hijacked into discussions about licenses. So
instead of answering the original question, we are frightening the user
about issues that could be resolved later. These are the kinds of
discussions that deter commercial organisations from writing software for
Linux - the community gets carried away about the license. Lets help the
original poster with their current problems rather than have a long drawn
out discussion about which license they should use.

Does anyone have experience with porting such applications to Linux? Is
there any information on the net that could be useful to the original
poster? Lets get the difficult work started (i.e. the porting) and in
parallel to this, discussions can be had about the license (off the
ubuntu-devel list).

Lets encourage more organisations to write software for Linux without
worrying them too much *initially* with licensing type issues.

Kind Regards,
Ankur Kotwal

On 6/29/06, Micah J. Cowan <micah at> wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 28, 2006 at 06:43:40PM -0500, Scott Dier wrote:
> > Ivan Krstic wrote:
> > > Free software (software libre, as opposed to gratis software) by
> > > definition doesn't restrict its users from modifying it or
> > > redistributing it [1].
> >
> > Now one thing thats been seen in the past is not releasing the UI code
> > for other operating systems but only open sourcing the application and
> > the needed UI code for X11 based operating systems.
> Such licenses are firmly outside the domain of FOSS. Does Ubuntu include
> any such packages in main or universe?
> Also, it doesn't really matter, but IIRC I haven't seen any software
> that's open only for X11-based operating systems; only for operating
> systems which are themselves open. Note that one might term a Windows
> version packaged with Cygwin (or MS proprietary X servers) an "X11-based
> operating system", whereas there are many Linux systems that are not
> X11-based.
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> Micah J. Cowan
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