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LXer 04-10-2007 01:46 AM

LXer: Swiftfox - the perverting of an open source browser
 
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Swiftfox is a Firefox-based browser, but there is one big difference between it and Firefox -- you can't share Swiftfox with a friend or place it in a repository of a Linux distribution because the Swiftfox license prohibits repackaging and redistribution.

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Hangdog42 04-10-2007 07:11 AM

I don't see the problem. If Swiftfox doesn't violate the Firefox license, then there is no issue.

rickh 04-10-2007 07:20 AM

I think the issue is one of perception. Many people want to use FOSS as a matter of principle, not because they plan to modify, circulate, or redistribute the code. I was surprised to find that Swiftfox is released under a restricted license.

There is no legal issue with Swiftfox, but based on this new knowledge, I will not use nor recommend it.


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