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Re: Could oca adopt report_webkit before v8


Hi everyone and sorry to reopen this delicate topic.

Now that report_webkit is not maintained by Odoo, I am not sure about what
has been decided...

*Is OCA going to maintain this module?* In that case, I think that the
module should be moved to *https://github.com/OCA/webkit-tools
<https://github.com/OCA/webkit-tools>* which seems to be the most relevant
*Or, are we going to migrate the reports to Qweb?*

I fear that a lot of modules depends on report_webkit in OCA (through the
dependency base_headers_webkit).

For instance, I wanted to port
to the version 8 but I realised that I was stuck by this PR
https://github.com/OCA/webkit-tools/pull/10 that could not be merged
because of a buggy report_webkit that Odoo decided to not maintain. Some
workaround have been proposed in this issue
https://github.com/odoo/odoo/issues/2334 but I believe that this is not the
proper way to fix it and I do not know where we can propose fixes for this
module. *Do you know where to propose fixes for report_webkit?*

In order to not be stuck in such situation (where the report feature blocks
the whole module from being used) I was thinking to *always split the
report features and the business features in separate modules*. So, we
would still be free to choose which report engine we want to use and we
will be less stuck when the editor moves to an other reporting engine.

By the way, according to what you are thinking, it could be a good chance
to update the doc here:
(*how* *can we update this contribution doc*)?


On 22 May 2014 at 00:00, Raphael Valyi <rvalyi@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hello Fabien,
> On Wed, May 21, 2014 at 10:16 AM, Fabien Pinckaers <fp@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> > Hello Fabien,
>> > that's cool to hear you may change your mind a few things you announced.
>> > But tell us, that would of course never apply to the established
>> > licenses under which all the contributions were made of course?
>> > Even in case of emergency plan right? We have your word right?
>> Copy/paste from one of my latest blog:
>>   We removed the words "Open" and "ERP" from our name. But Odoo is and
>>   always will be fully open source. Our open source business model is
>>   unchanged. Our commitment to an open software and community remains.
>>   And it's the same for ERP; Odoo's key priorities are still management
>>   applications like accounting, project management, crm, inventory, etc.
>> You guys are bothering me. After so many years, you still see the devil
>> in every move...
>> There are only a very few companies in the world like us, with a so
>> strong open source commitment.
> Open source is a buzzword used by many companies around to deserve various
> kind of purposes.
> My question was not about "open source" but about the exact license used,
> that is AGPL.
> That is a "copyleft" business even in the context of a SaaS model (which
> of course is becoming predominant),
> by opposition to an "open core" model that would be allowed by different
> licenses, even the GPL
> in a SaaS prospective (the loophole fixed by the AGPL as you very well
> since you made the move
> from GPL to AGPL during 2008).
> Now why am I asking that? Well it happens that by 2011, regardless of the
> contributions under AGPL,
> OpenERP SA decided to unilaterally add a "pivate use" clause to the AGPL
> license that you started  to use
> just like double license i your Enterprise package. And you Fabien said
> that eventually you would
> just rewrite the contributions f some contribute would not agree with that
> re-licensing.
> One could always interpret contributions moving out of a project a bit
> equivalent to anticipated rewrite.
> So, I think I do have some legitimate reasons to ask you whether or not
> you are committed to AGPL
> or if you have some possible hidden agenda regarding this that eventually
> may impact the business
> of people making businesses depending today on OpenERP/Odoo.
> You know, one could always imagine that the friendly community is all
> encouraged to make these free contributions
> as AGPL to the OpenERP/Odoo ecosystem and that in the meantime, tomorrow,
> if some business
> model fails say to sell the way it is planning to sell today, you would
> eventually reconsider the AGPL
> commitment and let financial investment take over the open source
> investment.
> Of course monetizing a public community asset (AGPL ecosystem) into a
> private differentiated asset
> (say non AGPL SaaS) is always a way to generate a some cash, just like
> when a public company is
> privatized.
> All this is investment, whether it's money or whether it is code open
> source code. And the "community"
> certainly deserves the same commitment with its contracts (the AGPL
> license) than your financial
> investors get with their investment contracts. After all, investment of
> OpenERP/Odoo "community"
> weights quite a bit more than 6 millions euros...
> So it sounds fair to ask for commitment to AGPL before community
> contribute you more free code to your ecoystem, no?
> So am just asking about that commitment and I think this is legitimate
> from somebody or community who
> participated heavily on the ecosystem investment of OpenERP/Odoo.
> Sorry if you found it offensive, but my question about commitment to AGPL
> was serious in fact.
> Regards.
> --
> Raphaël Valyi
> Founder and consultant
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