Open source your code or at least make your license less restrictive

John Good 4 years ago 0

Given that the latest release for Sidewise is from 2014, you need to open source your code if you want to see any improvement on this.

Chrome extensions are not exactly black boxes, but your license states that we must seek written permission prior to being able to release a fork of the project on the Chrome Store. Since this is the only way to install extensions to Chrome without it being disabled on the next reboot, the clause in your license for anyone to be able to modify and redistribute the code is essentially worthless.

There don't seem to be any extensions which can compete with how Sidewise docks next to Chrome, so I believe you should do something to help with the innovation of this extension.

Open source your code, or remove the clause which prevents people from hosting on the Chrome store, since it's the only way people can "distribute" anything they "modify" and not have it disable itself the next time Chrome restarts.

For anyone who hasn't seen the license, here is the relevant parts of it:


Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, and/or distribute copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

The Software and any software derived from it may not be published via the Chrome Web Store at https://chrome.google.com/webstore without specific prior written permission.