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Kern Sibbald
Hello,

I would like to discuss the following topics:

1. Bacula Release Status

2. The FSFE and licenses


1. Bacula Release Status
As probably know, the latest release of Bacula is 7.0.5.  This release
has proved quite stable but there are a few bugs open on it, and I am
working on them.  I am also working on back porting bug fixes and new
features from the Bacula Enterprise version 8.2.0. I hope this work will
be complete sometime in June so that I can make a new release (7.2.0) in
June or July of this year.

In addition, Bacula Systems has hired a new IT Administrator who will
begin in May. Part of his time will be devoted to improving the Bacula
community web site as well as providing binary packages for the
community. Providing binary packages for the community has been an on
going project of mine, which has been delayed due to lack of man-power.
By the way, the new IT Administrator has been working with Bacula for a
long time and is well known to the community.

2. The FSFE and licenses
I would like to report that the FSFE has posted a notification of
changed relations between the FSFE and myself.  You can find the
statement at the following link:

   http://fsfe.org/news/2015/news-20150414-01.en.html

As many of you know in 2006, I signed a Fiduciary License Agreement
(FLA) that gave the FSFE the exclusive copyright for the Bacula.org
software. That means that they had the responsibility to protect the
software. In 2006, I felt that the the Bacula project needed protection
and guidance of the FSFE and their FLA process, and I was pleased to
have their help. As the project has grown and become more global and
solid, I feel that I can more efficiently manage this responsibility
myself, and I thank the FSFE for their help over the years.

The Bacula.org software that has been released, will always remain Free
Software, and it is not possible for anyone to change that fact.  I have
been writing and releasing free software and open source software since
1972, and as I have stated many times, I am and will remain a very
strong supporter and creator of open source software, and future
Bacula.org community software will always be open source.

My goal is to have the Bacula.org code covered by FLAs (or their
equivalent) that are clear and consistent.  In fact, due to significant
FLA updating work I did last year and early this year with lots of help
and understanding from the Bacula contributors (thank you), I believe
that all known issues are already resolved and I continue to work FSFE.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to either post them to
the bacula-users list if they are general or directly to me at kern (at)
sibbald (dot) com if they are specific to you or you prefer to keep them
private.

Best regards,
Kern

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Re: [Bacula-users] Important Bacula Status Report -- second version

Kern Sibbald
Hello,

Well, I cannot be so impolite and tell you that you are way off :-)

However, please see below ...

On 15.04.2015 15:23, Raymond Burns Jr. wrote:
1. I think this is good news. Not really sure. Sounds to me as work will continue as normal, with the possible assistance from another Bacula maintainer for binaries.

Yes, this is, in my opinion, good news.  Nothing really changes significantly, except that I can deal directly with any copyright violations. 

2. This is where I have questions.
Assuming the FSFE was the legal protection during the Barios lawsuit, the final outcome was not 100% pleasant for the Bacula team. That is an assumption.

The assumption is not correct.  Though FSFE was the legal protection of the community version during the Bareos lawsuit, the lawsuit was between Bacula Systems and Bareos and did not directly involve the FSFE copyright.

Bacula Systems (and the Bacula community team) is happy with the outcome.  I assume that Bareos is as well.

So this either means:
a. Kern and team can protect Bacula community Code for much less cost.

There is no issue of cost.  It is more an issue of the situation having changed (e.g. I have many more resources to manage Bacula than previously) so dealing with copyright issues directly will be more efficient.

b. Kern and team can find protection that will render better results in a future lawsuit.

While the above is possible, it was not a significant motivation in the change regarding the FSFE.  In addition, I will be surprised if there is a future lawsuit.  The other point here is that the change concerns the FSFE and Kern personally, but not Bacula Systems.

c. The future will be unstable for community as the only viable protection is through Enterprise edition. (This idea doesn't coincide with a 7.2.0 release, but does allow community to remain free since 7.0.5 is so stable)

The above is definitely not true.  The future for the community is more development, more features.  I do not look at the change as providing more viable protection since it is not really a question of protection.  The question is who is the legal protector of Bacula, a big organization such as the FSFE, with many priorities probably more important than Bacula (my assumption) or is the legal protector someone who has spent 15 year working on Bacula and close to the project?  In 2006 my choice was the FSFE, because I was over-my-head with licenses and legal issues.  I do not regret that choice, but in 2015, my choice is to rely on myself and those close to me who support Bacula.

Thanks for your comments.  I hope my response provides the answers you want :-)

Best regards,
Kern


Please tell me I'm way off, and "c." is DEFINITELY not correct.

On Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 7:57 AM Kern Sibbald <[hidden email]> wrote:
Hello,

I would like to discuss the following topics:

1. Bacula Release Status

2. The FSFE and licenses


1. Bacula Release Status
As probably know, the latest release of Bacula is 7.0.5.  This release
has proved quite stable but there are a few bugs open on it, and I am
working on them.  I am also working on back porting bug fixes and new
features from the Bacula Enterprise version 8.2.0. I hope this work will
be complete sometime in June so that I can make a new release (7.2.0) in
June or July of this year.

In addition, Bacula Systems has hired a new IT Administrator who will
begin in May. Part of his time will be devoted to improving the Bacula
community web site as well as providing binary packages for the
community. Providing binary packages for the community has been an on
going project of mine, which has been delayed due to lack of man-power.
By the way, the new IT Administrator has been working with Bacula for a
long time and is well known to the community.

2. The FSFE and licenses
I would like to report that the FSFE has posted a notification of
changed relations between the FSFE and myself.  You can find the
statement at the following link:

   http://fsfe.org/news/2015/news-20150414-01.en.html

As many of you know in 2006, I signed a Fiduciary License Agreement
(FLA) that gave the FSFE the exclusive copyright for the Bacula.org
software. That means that they had the responsibility to protect the
software. In 2006, I felt that the the Bacula project needed protection
and guidance of the FSFE and their FLA process, and I was pleased to
have their help. As the project has grown and become more global and
solid, I feel that I can more efficiently manage this responsibility
myself, and I thank the FSFE for their help over the years.

The Bacula.org software that has been released, will always remain Free
Software, and it is not possible for anyone to change that fact.  I have
been writing and releasing free software and open source software since
1972, and as I have stated many times, I am and will remain a very
strong supporter and creator of open source software, and future
Bacula.org community software will always be open source.

My goal is to have the Bacula.org code covered by FLAs (or their
equivalent) that are clear and consistent.  In fact, due to significant
FLA updating work I did last year and early this year with lots of help
and understanding from the Bacula contributors (thank you), I believe
that all known issues are already resolved and I continue to work FSFE.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to either post them to
the bacula-users list if they are general or directly to me at kern (at)
sibbald (dot) com if they are specific to you or you prefer to keep them
private.

Best regards,
Kern

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