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Submission + - Nokia releases LGPL bindings of QT4 for python

An anonymous reader writes: Yesterday Nokia released a LGPL bindings of QT4 for python (PySide) due to licensing issues with PyQT developers who refused to release it under GPL.

Submission + - Open Source That Pays, Possible?

hsoft writes: "I know, I know, this subject has been beaten to death on Slashdot. We all know by now that there are tons of ways to earn money with open source, such as custom development, dual licensing, support, donations or resume building. There's one area of development, however, where it seems that "free and in speech" usually implies "free as in beer": generic, wide-audience software (shareware).

I wrote an article in which I try to find a way to open the source code of my applications without losing my income. I propose an hybrid license which we could call "delayed open source". For a limited time (2 years), the users are restricted on what they can do with the source code (they can't remove demo limitations), but after 2 years, the code becomes fully free (BSD licensed). I'd like to have Slashdot's input on that. Is my approach doomed to failure, or is it (I hope) a viable way for proprietary shareware developers to open up their source code without foregoing their income?"

Submission + - Are open source and shareware compatible? (hardcoded.net)

hsoft writes: "Free Software and proprietary software are seldom seen as compatible. Free Software proponents are telling us that users should have the "freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software", and proprietary software developers are arguing that it's very hard to earn money from producing Free Software. Both sides have good arguments, but a consensus can never seem to be reached.

Following a recent move by E Text Editor, I am making a similar move by opening the source code of my own applications, but with a different approach. While criticizing E Text Editor's approach as being based on code ownership, I propose a system to remunerate developers working on "shareware type" applications for the time they spend developing the application rather than for the fact that they "own" the code.

Can it work? Is it possible to develop generic (non-custom) software as open source and be fairly paid for it?"


Submission + - Tragic Early Death of Boy Genius

BayaWeaver writes: Is there a moral to this tragic story? Boy goes to Caltech at the age of 12, gets his Ph.D from Cornell in string theory (under Brian Greene, a boy genius himself), and then things seem to have gone downhill after that. He is treated in a hospital for depression at 25, dies at age 30 and his family won't say why. Here is the story from the New Straits Times in Malaysia.
"Boy genius Chiang Ti Ming, who died on Saturday, was buried yesterday at the Jalan Sikamat Christian Cemetery. The cause of his death is unknown and family members were tight-lipped at the funeral. Chiang made the headlines in 1989 when, as a 12-year-old, he was accepted into the prestigious California Institute of Technology (Caltech) to study physics. He went on to pursue a doctorate in the field of Super String Theory in 1992 at Cornell University, an Ivy League institution.Not much was known about Chiang after his initial "fame", though in 1993, he suffered a personal tragedy when his four-year-old sister Eei Wern drowned at the swimming pool of the Seremban International Golf Club. In 2002, it was reported that he was admitted to a hospital in Kuala Lumpur after suffering from depression."
If there a lesson to be learnt here, what would that be? Don't go to Caltech when you are 12yo? Don't waste the best years of your life doing string theory? Was the poor kid pushed too far too fast? One can only imagine the overwhelming pressure the boy must have felt to perform. Perhaps he should have been left alone to find his way and not be pushed to what is very possibly a dead end

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