[plt-scheme] MrEd Designer.

From: Carl Eastlund (carl.eastlund at gmail.com)
Date: Sat Apr 1 21:48:19 EST 2006

What you can do in cases like this largely depends on what license the
software is distributed under.  In this case, it looks like Mr. Lozi
did not put up a license, so your hands may be tied until he responds.
 I had a similar situation recently with some old Scheme code I found
online with no license and an unresponsive author.

In the long-term perspective of PLaneT packages, I think the package
submission process needs to put more emphasis on each author providing
a license for their package.  (I know I'm guilty of submitting a
package without remembering to open-source the code.)  It probably
doesn't make a lot of sense to even allow unlicensed package.  This is
a larger issue for a different thread or even a different list - but
in summation, you're right, widely distributed, unmaintained,
unlicensed code is an annoyance at best.


On 4/1/06, Nicholas Chubrich <chubrich at cs.brandeis.edu> wrote:
> Robby---
>         The problem is, I \haven't heard back from him, and I don't know
> if I ever will.  I think putting it up under my name would be a bit much
> seeing as I scarcely spent an hour fixing it with the debugger.  But I
> can't believe that code should be left nonworking because the original
> designer of it is out of town.  I suppose I could post it with his name,
> but put my own down for contact, though as I said before I can't really do
> that much with it.  What would you say the etiquette is, on the whole?
> Since a lot of PlaneT packages are broken by PLT updates, this problem
> probably comes up a lot, and there should be a standard way of dealing
> with it.  Many of the broken packages are probably easily fixed, and it
> seems a shame to leave them unuseable.
> Nick

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