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Re: phpldapadmin 0.9.5, is it free?

Brian Thomas Sniffen wrote:
> Fabio Tranchitella <kobold@kobold.it> writes:
>>  I'm the maintainer of phpldapadmin, a web-based tool for administering
>>LDAP servers. Actually testing provides phpldapadmin 0.9.4b, which is
>>available on SourceForge and is released with GPL license.
>>  Some days ago the upstream maintainer has released a new version,
>>0.9.5, which not available on http://phpldapadmin.sourceforge.net but
>>only on http://www.phpldapadmin.com. In order to download it, you 
>>have to register into this website and choose "phpldapadmin for 
>>Home Users".
>>Here there is the text grabbed from that page:
>>While phpLDAPadmin costs 49.95 for commercial download, we are providing
>>it for free to home users. If you purchase the commercial download, you
>>get the added benefit of support from the original developers.
>>Here phpldapadmin seems "free as beer", so you can use it at home but
>>not for commercial purposes. However The upstream tarball contains a
>>LICENSE file which reports the GPL license.
> It sounds like it is Free Software, but the author (or some
> distributor) has decided to charge for support.  It might be polite to
> contact the author himself and ask whether the home download is
> actually licensed to you under the GPL, including the ability to
> modify and distribute the code.

And if so, please ask them to make it clear that the home-use version is
not only for non-commercial use, but simply for those users who don't
need support, such as with the following text:

phpLDAPadmin is Free Software, and you may download an unsupported
version for no charge from our site.  However, you may also purchase a
supported version for $49.95, and you will get the added benefit of
support from the original developers.

- Josh Triplett

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