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5hrs and 3 portable apps later

bishpuppy - February 15, 2007 - 3:23pm

i've known portable apps has been around - heck, i've downloaded some and used it on my pc, but now that i have my 2nd thumb drive, i'm really into it. I have spent about 5hours making 3 apps protable. the first 2 were kinda of a test to see how easy it was [was hell at first], but is not bad.

here are the programs i made portable [ and tested ]

Num Program Name Installed Size Portable Size
==== =========================================== ================ =============
01. PeerGuardian 2 [NT version] 2.05MB 0.99MB
02. QuickPar 0.9.1 911KB 546KB
03. Adobe Acrobat Reader 8 [this was a bitch] 107MB 10.6MB

I have plans for more. OOOO, if anyone wants to try the Ports i made, [Offer to illegally redistribute software removed by moderator JTH. You can not modify and redistribute non-open source software without permission from the publisher.]


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@moderator: You can not

@moderator:
You can not modify and redistribute non-open source software without permission from the publisher
You can not modify and redistribute any software without permission from the publisher, so what's the point of mentioning source code policy?
Did you read licenses of these 3 things to say that their redistribution is prohibited?
While I believe that it's true with Acrobat Reader, IIRC PG license permits redistribution and modification.

"Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do." Asimov

You do realize that...

the moderator JTH is John T. Haller, right?

I made this half-pony, half-monkey monster to please you.

Yes, I do. So?

Yes, I do. So?

"Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do." Asimov

Old

This is an old topic (see the date up top) from before we got more specific (1.5 years ago to be exact). As a general rule, though, the statement is true. Software under an OSI-approved license (aka open source software) can be modified and redistributed (though you may not be able to use trademarks). 99.9% of commercialware and freeware can not be modified and redistributed at all without the express permission of the publisher.

The link was removed due to it linking to the modified Adobe Reader. PG is open source under an OSI-approved license (GPL IIRC) and can be modified and redistributed.

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

I missed how old is it. No,

I missed how old is it.

No, being open source doesn't necessarily mean you're free to modify and distribute, Mozilla is a good example.
As you noted, some closed source programs are 100% permissive here. That's why things like beerware and postcardware exist.
So the rule in your moderation comment is just incorrect.

"Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do." Asimov

What I Said

That's what I said. OSI doesn't give you the right to use the trademark. You can modify Firefox and redistribute it... you just can't call it Firefox. That's why there's IceWeasel, etc. With fully open source software, you always have the right to modify it and redistribute it.

And I said 99.9% of freeware and commercialware, which is accurate. Even beerware and postcardware only allows you to redistribute... not modify. Only a handful of apps that aren't OSI allow you to modify and redistribute (0.1% is my estimate).

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

/* *

/*
* ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
* "THE BEER-WARE LICENSE" (Revision 42):
* wrote this file. As long as you retain this notice you
* can do whatever you want with this stuff. If we meet some day, and you think
* this stuff is worth it, you can buy me a beer in return Poul-Henning Kamp
* ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
*/
Yes, you can modify. There's no single postcardware license, but I've never seen one that prohibited modification.

And you cannot do any modification to Firefox - even the slightest that would let you redistribute it is probably like 100 man-hours.

"Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do." Asimov