Does this qualify under the “Free for Non-Commercial Use” clause?
I don’t know. I’m not a lawyer. But that does push the definition.
JN > We have a robot vehicle, and if (when?) QNX ceases to be available
JN > for small-scale end users, it becomes a white elephant. We have
JN > a QNX 6.3 license, but it’s time-limited. Someday it will
JN > self destruct. And we’re not entirely sure exactly what will
JN > self-destruct. We’ve seen no formal statement on that, and
JN > licensing issues with 6.3 caused more impact than we’d expected.
JN > So we’ve backed off to NC.
JN > It’s issues like this that drive people to Linux.
JN > When we started with QNX, we were hearing all that
JN > “open source” and “community” stuff from QSSL. That’s stopped.
JN > Compare “get.qnx.com” in 2001 (archived here:
JN > “http://web.archive.org/web/20010118235700/http://get.qnx.com/”)
JN > with “get.qnx.com” today (seen here: “http://get.qnx.com”).
JN > Up until April 2003, the site began “Welcome to get.qnx.com, the
JN > download site for the QNX? realtime platform (RTP), free for
JN > non-commercial use.”. Over time, the language became less
JN > encouraging (you can trace this using archive.org) until
JN > in 2004, it changed to “Free 30-day QNX Momentics Development Suite v6.3
JN > commercial product evaluation.” There’s currenty no indication
JN > that you can download anything that will be useful after 30 days.
JN > That’s not likely to build the base of noncommercial QNX users.
JN > As I’ve said before, QSSL is shooting itself in the foot here.
JN > QNX needs open source code far more than the open source world needs
JN > QNX. We’re seeing the QNX target disappear from more open source
JN > projects as time goes on. This increases the total cost of
JN > ownership of QNX.
I have ben following your project on here for quite some time now. It is
very interesting and I wish you the best of sucess. I always assumed
however that it was like a university research project (or something like
that). But in your post yesterday you mentioned that you intended to
distribute your work to whomever.
It was the fact that you intend to distribute your results (including QNX
OS software) that make me ask if your project ever qualified for the Non-
Commercial use clause of the original NC agreement.
Let’s face it. There is a difference between being able to ‘get away’ with
freely copying software and actually having permission to do so.
AND, I’m not saying that your project doesn’t qualify. I was merely asking
if it really did. Because if it did, I had some ideas of my own I would
have liked to try.