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Lobo Integration in DeepaMehta

Posted by lobochief on October 21, 2009

DeepaMehta is a collaborative Knowledge Management platform that is GPL licensed.

The latest post of the DeepaMehta blog tells us that the Lobo browser has been integrated with it. If you’re interested in looking at the source code of an integration of the Lobo API, open source projects like DeepaMehta should be helpful.


3 Responses to “Lobo Integration in DeepaMehta”

  1. Kenny said

    I only replay here, because its currently your latest post.

    At this blog entry you have written about the JavaFX-license. You have speculated, that in the future will be comming a better license for JFX out.
    You have written it December 2008. Now we are 10 month later. And nothing happen.

  2. lobochief said

    @Kenny: I agree there hasn’t been as much progress as I would’ve hoped, and not just in that area.

  3. theuserbl said

    To the topic of “JavaFX”, I think, this could be interesting
    for you:

    JavaFX apps are distributed as applets or webstart, so the correct runtime will be auto-downloaded from dl.javafx.com and cached. The runtime is versioned, so you never have to worry about a new update breaking your old app. If you wrote an app against the 1.1 runtime it will always run against the 1.1 runtime, even if we’ve released JavaFX 30 by then.

    Please stop quoting that first blog (Anthony Goubard’s), this is FUD. Those comments are specific to the JavaFX Preview release, which licensing terms were obviously more limited. The license changed in JavaFX 1.0, so there’s no expiration, no restrictions for commercial use, etc.

    On the other blogs: yep, the JavaFX runtime is not yet open source, I have been a vocal critic of this fact, remarkably because Sun has officially promised that JavaFX would be eventually full open source; but that was years ago when Sun started the project and before the decision to sell themselves. Now it’s possible that the license change is mostly blocked by the never-ending Oracle/Sun deal; hopefully this drama will end soon, and Oracle will make the right decision and move JavaFX to GPLv2, to join the OpenJDK ecosystem.

    Anyway, until this happens, JavaFX’s license is not any worse than most proprietary licenses(*). If your choice is one of JavaFX, Flash or Silverlight, you don’t really have a choice. (Mono’s Moonlight could be a good choice if you like .NET/Silverlight and if you don’t mind Mono’s possible issues with Microsoft’s patents and historical behavior towards open source.)

    (*)The runtime’s distribution restriction is meaningless because JavaFX is not designed for a deployment model of bundling the runtime with the application. The runtime is automatically downloaded when some JavaFX apps runs for the first time, and it’s not a big download. There’s no way to do a standalone install of the JavaFX runtime, it’s just a bunch of jars and DDLs inside the JRE’s resource cache.

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