[Mulgara-dev] Migrating Bug Reports (v1.2)

Paul Gearon gearon at ieee.org
Fri Sep 15 04:40:02 UTC 2006

So everyone knows...

Brian pointed out in a chat that NK won't be the only way to  
communicate remotely with a Mulgara server.  Using any other  
mechanism obviates the need for a NetKernel license, so it's only a  
burden if you have a specific desire to use NetKernel.

That sounds fine to me, so I withdraw my concerns.


On Sep 14, 2006, at 10:36 PM, Paul Gearon wrote:

> On Sep 12, 2006, at 9:40 AM, Brian Sletten wrote:
>> I've actually been investigating this in the past week. I'm  
>> currently thinking of two interfaces: One Spring MVC + WebFlow for  
>> browsers and one RESTlet-based to expose REST services in a light  
>> way. A more scalable infrastructure will occur when Mulgara is  
>> married to NetKernel. This should be fine for anyone using the  
>> union as a stand-alone triplestore. Anyone who wants to build on  
>> it with non-OSI-compliant tools will have to buy a NetKernel  
>> license which is reasonable.
> Actually, I'm not comfortable with that.
> I've known of quite a few places which would NOT choose software  
> because of the requirement of a commercial license.  Often this is  
> because it is developers who choose to use one tool or another, and  
> have no control of the budget.  Once they've built something  
> useful, and have the prospect of real sales, then they have an  
> argument for using something with a license fee, but that is  
> usually so far off that they just choose something free to develop  
> with instead.
> I've been in this position myself, and every time I've gone with  
> the free alternative, even when it was obviously inferior.  I  
> didn't really have a choice.
> I don't want to create any impediments to using Mulgara.  While  
> some kind of modular (read: optional) integration with NetKernel is  
> desirable, I am against the prospect of tying the two together.
> Someone also pointed out that if people have to pay a royalty to  
> use Mulgara, it would be nice if some of the money went to *us* and  
> not a third party.  :-)  (no, I'm not suggesting we charge for it)
> Regards,
> Paul Gearon
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