Why we are moving away from NetLabs....

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Several people have asked us whether bww bitwise works GmbH (further called "bitwise") is moving away from open source to the closed source way. We are a bit surprised about that question, as this is for sure not what we are doing nor what we are planning until now.



bitwise has always been a little mixed concerning open versus closed source.

InJoy Firewall, our first product, has been closed source when we acquired the source code for it. InJoy was always closed source and this will not change, at least there are no plans to change this.

Libraries and programs that are open source for other platforms for example Apache OpenOffice, and many libraries and programs that bitwise ported to the OS/2 platform, will also be open source on OS/2 including our changes/additions to these programs and libraries.

These have been located at NetLabs in the past.

And here comes the missunderstanding.

We want to do our work as efficiently as possible, however unfortunately NetLabs.org when it comes to efficiency, NetLabs.org is loosing ground: It only provides SVN as a versioning system, but this shows its age. These days a decent versioning system on which we can store our projects is GIT. NetLabs.org does not have that. For bitwise the ability to use GIT is crucial.

That is why we opened an additional base for our software projects at GITHub. As you can see, the software there is just as open source as it always has been on NetLabs.org. However many tasks are just faster and more efficient there as they ever could be at the SVN driven NetLabs.org.
We invite everybody to register at GITHub and get an authentication in order to check our words. You will find alle new projects bitwise works on there.

As we have said in the past, "free software doesn't grow on trees", therefore we are always in search of sponsors. Please pass by our webshop and buy some items from there.

A new way to help us, is to support us on Patreon. The plan is to provide small gifts, gadgets and gifts there otherwise not available from bitwise works.


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