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The Equinox Promise: An Open Letter to the Evergreen Community

September 16th, 2009 by

Update: The Equinox Promise is not just for our Evergreen customers. It applies to our Koha customers as well, and will apply to every open source project that we may offer services for in the future.

We at Equinox Software feel it is timely to share an evolving document we call the Equinox Promise.

We invite engagement and feedback from everyone, and encourage other vendors to come up with similar statements, or join in on ours.

The Equinox Promise

In 2007, Equinox Software was founded by a group of dedicated people who believe that open source software offers libraries unheralded opportunities to engage in the process of designing the tools they use.

A software company can never speak for the open source communities it serves. But we at Equinox believe we owe our communities a clear statement of our commitments to everyone associated with the Evergreen open source project—whether you are customers of Equinox, Evergreen community members, affiliated vendors, or those who support and champion open source development.

We believe in a transparent, open software development process, and we promise to do everything we can to maintain and improve transparency in every part of that process.

We believe Evergreen code belongs to the Evergreen community, and we promise to continue to expeditiously release all code to publicly-available repositories.

We believe in one single set of code that in the spirit and letter of open source software is free for everyone to download, use, and modify, and we promise that in concert with the community and other development partners, we will work hard to maintain that single code set.

We believe we have a responsibility to the Evergreen community to help keep Evergreen open in every way, and we promise we will never agree to hide code we can share.

We believe that Evergreen deserves community-based stewardship through foundations, user groups, interest groups, conferences, and similar activities, and we promise to encourage that stewardship in every way we can.

We believe that the community is the true voice of Evergreen, and we promise to listen and to share, and to help build and maintain the tools that enable this communication.

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9 responses to “The Equinox Promise: An Open Letter to the Evergreen Community”

  1. Brendan says:

    We operate under similar ethics and spirit of open-source as you. Thank you for posting this letter. I believe that part of Open-Source Software includes Open-Communication and this letter backs up those beliefs.

  2. Dan Scott says:

    It’s great to read this–not that I had any doubts about Equinox’s commitment to both the letter and spirit of free software.

    If we had the agreement of GPLS and the few other non-Equinox copyright holders to the Evergreen code base to also do so, would Equinox be willing to relicense their contributions to the Evergreen code under something akin to the Affero GPL (http://www.affero.org/oagf.html)? This would prevent the possibility of another organization (that might not be so committed to the letter and spirit of free software as Equinox) from creating a derivative work and offering it as a hosted service without making the modified code available to the community.

    Perhaps this is an idea that the to-be-formed foundation would want to consider for discussion…

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  7. Well, your committment to open-source is applaudable. I wish there were more companies with such transparent policies as Equinoc. Unfortunately, in my country it is still not a standard, proprieraty and closed solutions are still the norm.

    Are there any resources that you could point me to, so that I could spread the knowledge?

 
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