[development] GPL policy: request for clarification

Bèr Kessels ber at webschuur.com
Wed May 31 23:45:00 UTC 2006

Op woensdag 31 mei 2006 17:16, schreef Greg Knaddison - GVS:
> I'm not sure there is a really great solution - especially not for the
> hobbyist who doesn't want to learn the shell but does want to use 3rd
> party modules.

My philosophy is: "Once you have proper commandline tools, or proper 
libraries, interfaces will grow around them". 

An interface in this particular Drupal case could be a plugin for plesk, or a 
one-ring-to-rule-them-all-drupal module (running off a special apache on a 
special port) that allows you to install modules on a huge flock of sites. Or 
a YaST module that allows you to install modules on your local server. Or 
apt-get/apt-reconfigure etc.  And so on. 

Imagine being able to fire "adept", the Ubuntu installer: select Drupal, 
answer a range of questions in an ubuntu-configuration-wizard-thing, and then 
find yourself with a running, customised Drupal site!

In the end that is far better for that hobbyist than any HTML installer built 
into drupal can ever be. The more because letting your PHP app write its own 
PHP (which is what webbased installers do) is considered extremely unsafe, 
and therefore dont work on a lot of hosting environments. (And IMO should 
work on even less environments :) ) 


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