Since the web app’s inception in the year 2017, it has always been licensed under Apache 2.0. Over the few years between 2017 and now (2020 as of writing), many people have tried to acquire this project/make an exact copy and host it on their domain (without contributing back to the project at all). Whenever I have declined the offer for acquisition citing the ideas and vision for my project or requested for contribution back to the project, folks have taken offense and declined my request or sent me 😡 emails.
This was allowed under a more liberal Apache 2.0 license and I had no say in any of such cases 🤷
So, after thinking much about all this and keeping my vision of keeping this project free and open source forever I started looking around what I can do. Then I came across a recent article from the folks at Plausible Analytics, where they were in a similar situation. They were first MIT licensed and then moved to AGPLv3 recently. They go into more details to explain AGPLv3 license too, you should read their article.
What does that mean for the project?
Well simply worded this project and its derivatives will always be open source (including hosted ones!)
The new release is licensed under the AGPLv3 license. Head over to the latest release’s changelog to read about it 🤗
With v3.1.0, I have set the base for supporting more templates in the future. Additionally, it is now easier to add 3rd party services now. No more fidgeting with JSON. A simple YAML block will do the work, enabling an easier contribution path for non-developers too.
Adding a 3rd party service to the web app is as simple as adding the below to the
Read more about it here.
Read what others have to say about the project.
One of the ways of supporting the project would be to write about how it helped you out 😄
Well, there a few things that are already in the pipeline and would see the light in the next releases, like supporting:
- Enabling Github Actions for the project
There is more to this project and I have a lot of stuff planned. Keep an eye on it 🤗