As I tried to explain in my previous messages, here the point is NOT if building Fritzing is difficult, or is long or is tedious or requires significant efforts. In my opinion, building Fritzing has always been quite simple, because this is a relatively simple software project: there are 3 or 4 dependencies at all. But this is only my point of view, of someone whi knows nothing about electronics, and something about software. But even this is not the point of the question. It can be simple or difficult, no matter. The point is that I would like to understand if Fritzing is still free software, or not. Free as in free speech, not as in free beer (cit). Free in the sense of the Gnu GPL, not free in the sense of no money. This has nothing to do with it being hard, simple, cheap or costly.
The question is simple: Is Fritzing still free? Or, in other words: being that Fritzing is a free software released under the GNU GPL, why is the source code in the repository still so outdated? Maybe this is only an oversight. If it is so, then please update the Github source code repository, or indicate where the current source may be found.
Let me add some remark. I’m not saying that the GPL is the right software license for a project like Fritzing. In my opinion, GPL is good if you want to spread and to give your software to the world. If you want to make money from it, then maybe GPL is not the right license. Only my humble opinion, eh.
But there are 2 facts:
- Fritzing was released under the GPL years ago. This (the license being used) can be changed, in case. But at the moment, it still seems to be GPL. There were lots of people who contributed to the project in the past, and did that on a GPL software project, i.e. a free software project.
- Being that the license is GPL, the updated source code must be available to the public.
Please forgive the long post, but I wanted to make it clear that the point is not if it’s difficult to build Fritzing. The point is that you you, and me and anybody else, can or can not have a look at the source, build it, change it etc.