The Tonido platform is going open source

It is going to be a month since we released the public Tonido beta. Since then we have got great response and feedback from everyone who has tried Tonido.  We even recently crossed a milestone with the number of Tonido Profiles created as well as number of people online.

At CodeLathe, we believe in the power of the open platform as well as in the open source movement.

We think that there is great potential in the Tonido platform and really like the power and flexibility that Tonido offers to end users. We also believe that there are many more applications waiting out there that are yet to be developed by creative developers for Tonido. We want those applications to come alive on the Tonido platform.

As a first step towards that goal, we are happy to announce that the Tonido platform will be available under a open source license (Most likely the GPL v3). This means you can download the Tonido Platform SDK and develop applications based on it completely free of charge.

Not only do we want to get more users to try the Tonido platform, we also want developers worldwide to develop on the Tonido platform.

If an open source license doesn’t fit your needs, the Tonido Platform SDK will also be available through other licenses.

It is going to take a short while to get the SDK ready for download and all the licensing legal stuff worked out.

If you would like to sign up on our developer mailing list, please do so. We will send out information once the SDK is ready.

11 Responses

  1. The Doctor says:

    Hello -

    Has there been an update to this post? I’m unable to locate the specific license.

    Also, I’m patiently waiting when the next update will include SSL-support. I trust there’ll be an article about it (Consider +1 for RSS).

    Thanks.

  2. Madhan says:

    The SDK is mostly ready, licensing is not yet ready. It will be mostly published as GPL/commercial. If your app is also going to be GPL, you will use the GPL otherwise commercial.

    SSL support is coming as well. Stay tuned.

  3. The Doctor says:

    Is the main “engine”/API GPL or other license?

    Will the existing Tonido apps be updated to reflect what license they’re avail.?
    I would personally like to see ea. app’s license noted on the all application’s index page, rather than having to review the individual/full description.

    If CodeLathe is considering an “app store,” I’d suggest this be searchable criteria also.

  4. Madhan says:

    The main engine is dual licensed, GPL AND Commercial, depending upon how it is used.

    Good idea about noting the license, we will put it in the app index page and we will keep that it mind for an appstore as well. Thanks!

  5. Halbwert says:

    Please be aware, that if using the GPL you are not allowed to link in proprietory code with it – all code has to be open sourced. The LGPL may possibly be a the better choice (see Gnome, KDE, …) if you plan to cooperate with closed or proprietory parts of software. You may have to take care of this even for your own code. I’m not an expert on this, but please read the licenses very carefully, if you decide which one to use.

    Don’t take me wrong, I like the GPL. You have to decide, what you really want with tonido. As I think it really has potential, but it will start to really spread, if it will be as free as firefox, linux and all the other fine OSS products. Otherwise it will possibly get just one more of these niche products.

  6. Madhan says:

    @Halbwert Thanks for the heads up. We are open to modifying the license given sufficient interest and feedback from the community. Currently the dual-licensing of Tonido code allows us to link to closed code under the terms of the commercial license. If you have other additional thoughts on this, please send me email directly at ‘madhan’ AT — “Yahoo.com”.

  7. goundoulf says:

    “the Tonido platform will be available under a open source license (Most likely the GPL v3). This means you can download the Tonido Platform SDK and develop applications based on it completely free of charge.”

    I don’t really understand the link between the platform using an open license, and being able to develop applications free of charge…

    I can develop an application free of charge for Windows, I can even make it GPL, that doesn’t require Windows being open at all :)

    And I can develop a proprietary application for Linux, and even sell it if I want.

    What do you mean exactly by “Tonido Platform”? Is it the platform or platform SDK which is going to be open? Or both?

  8. Madhan says:

    @goundoulf The Tonido Platform is the SDK that allows you to write applications for the Tonido Platform. The SDK will be dual licensed.

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  10. Ryan says:

    Circular statement? The platform is the SDK to write apps for the platform. Whaaa??

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