Results of the future of libwww survey
Jose Kahan <jose.kahan <at> w3.org>
2004-01-29 11:34:25 GMT
Sorry for the delay. I was waiting for the green light to make
the announcement, which you will find here below. In a nutshell,
we're giving libwww to the open source community and we can continue
hosting it or it can be moved elsewhere, whatever is more convenient
to the new maintainers. I'll send a separate mail to the people who
expressed interest in continuing its maintenance and see how to
arrange the transition.
Hosting libwww at W3C means offering you CVS, mailing list, some
web and ftp space as well as system support. It won't give you
any user <at> w3.org mail address, though.
If someone among you didn't answer the survey and are interested in
maintaining libwww, please contact me by email ASAP so that you can
be in the loop.
--- the official announcement ---
W3C conducted a survey on the future of Libwww last September [1,2]. The
results of the survey  are summarized here below:
- 19 existing applications (Open Source, Commercial, or both) use
- Almost all responders think it is important to have a library that
provides a complete HTTP 1/1 implementations, as well as related
- A fair number of motivated people have expressed their wish to
participate actively in the further development of Libwww
Taking into account these results, W3C has decided to handle over Libwww
to the Open Source community, with the following recommendations:
1. Copyright status
Libwww software that was developed inside W3C will continue to be
protected under the W3C Software License. Future work on libwww must
remain accessible to public and as such must be protected under the W3C
Software License or a similar Open Source License, such as GPL.
2. Libwww hosting
W3C is happy to continue hosting libwww on our web and cvs servers
as a service to the Open Source community. However, the new maintainers
are free to move the development to another Open Source repository,
if this is more convenient for them.
For follow-up questions, please contact Jos?? Kahan <jose.kahan <at> w3.org>.