Re: [tablix-list] schooltool bounty and/or bakeoff

From: Tomaz Solc <>
Date: Wed Oct 27 2004 - 10:38:08 CEST


> abstract and mathematical. My superficial impression of Tablix's XML
> is that it isn't comprehensive enough to do everything we need to do.
> We want to include individual student scheduling, as you'd do in an
> American high school, for example. SchoolTool is a very international
> project, so we aim to create basic building blocks which can serve a
> wide variety of school designs.

The basic XML format that Tablix is using is so simple because it only
needs to describe the most basic school information (this information I
think is common to all schools). Everything else is provided as
extensions to this format in form of modules.

My experience shows that it is very impractical to have a format that
tries to fit all schools. There are huge differences in timetable
restrictions even between individual schools in my country. I guess they
are even bigger on the international scale. This is the main reason I
wrote Tablix as modular as possible, which includes the XML format. This
way the developers don't need to implement a feature that will be used
only in one or two schools, because the school can implement that

Can you please explain or give a link to a page where this individual
student scheduling is explained? I don't think we have anything like
this in our country, so I'm not familiar with it.

> We'll have to work out exactly how we'd handle the intellectual
> property issues. Right now code paid for by the Shuttleworth
> Foundation is the property of the foundation, and the copyright for
> contributed code checked into the SchoolTool repository is shared
> between the author and the Foundation. The code is licensed under the
> GPL, but the Foundation reserves the right to issue commercial
> licenses, with profits going back into the foundation's charitable
> work.

Last time I checked this means that the author gives 51% of the
copyright to the Foundation and the code is then available under the
SchoolTool license. This license is currently equal to GPL, but I didn't
see any reasons why it can't be someday changed to something completely
proprietary. This is something that is not really compatible with my
view of free software.

Best regards
Tomaz Solc

Received on Wed Oct 27 11:07:55 2004

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