> I really wish it was not encumbered with a commercial license.
Yes. Especially since (AFAIK) it is a product developed purely
through financial support of (presumably) state-funded academic
institutions. It's pretty sad when these institutions feel a
need to capitalize on research products ("because we can").
Quote:> Yet I'm
> quite sure that many of the people asking for assistance here will not
> be in the commercial use category. So while it doesn't change the fact
> that some must pay, it does affect my feeling about whether it should
> be considered pimping.
Where do you (and _you_) draw the line then? If, say, these
people came here and posted about their products at every
would that be OK? (They're all commercial products, with
"relevance" to this newsgroup.) Would this be okay if they
were free to legal residents in the US? What if they were
only free to the ~900 legal residents of Vatican City? Or
only free to me? (I'd still object, btw.)
Quote:> (And I'm not keen on flame wars either.)
Me either. I'm for principles though, especially noble ones.
Quote:> I've read the charter looking for
> guidance on this topic.
Believe it or not, I checked the charter myself before
posting (which doesn't say anything either way, typical of
charters, especially those created before the spam boom).
I also checked a number of netiquette guides on commercial
postings, which all frowned on them (where mentioned).
It thus comes down to whether you see it as plugging of
a commercial product or not. I do, you do not. However, I'm
interested to see your reply to the above, about where
you draw the line.
Quote:> First, you refer to CGAL as
> if it were written by Fabri, calling it "his product". That is highly
"His product", not as in written (entirely) by him, but as in
the product he is actively involved in selling and marketing
through the entity Geometry Factory, a company(?) with which
Fabri associates, is listed on the "About us" page of and
even is the assigned owner of the domain name for.
Quote:> Second, it gives an email address for complaints.
But that's silly. Analogously, if I had a beef with you, I
wouldn't go to your boss or your coworker to settle it; I'd
talk to you directly. The issue is here, thus I replied here.
Quote:> Ideally code like CGAL would be free as in "free beer". Ideally Fabri
> would post discussions of algorithms, not just links to CGAL. Both
> those options are beyond my control. Given that a link to CGAL *is* in
> the FAQ, what would you suggest the most helpful and least offensive
> behavior of Fabri should be?
How about replying to the OP by email. That way the OP gets
helped, and no plugging of a commercial product is made on
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