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I hear Google Chrome is fast and interesting, but released under a restrictive EULA. Since it's open source, though, could some third party download the source but not the application, build it themselves, and then distribute it to people without all the "No modifying the source code" and "You're required to receive any new installs we send you" wrapping around it? If so, we could get past all the EULA controversy and look at how the application itself is.

This would really only be useful to me once there's a non-Windows version, but it would be reassuring just to know there are people working on an open fork. Anyone know the details of how the EULA and whatever open source license they have interact?

Update: They've made a minor change to the EULA. Still nowhere near usable, but maybe eventually it will be? I hope?

Date: 2008-09-03 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tinyfolk.livejournal.com
Actually, I just read that that was unintentional on google's part, and that they'd just slapped a generic EULA on it and are in the process of rewriting it to be more in line with the goals they have for Chrome.

Date: 2008-09-03 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tinyfolk.livejournal.com
http://tapthehive.com/discuss/This_Post_Not_Made_In_Chrome_Google_s_EULA_Sucks

Date: 2008-09-03 09:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] factitiouslj.livejournal.com
Awesome! Hopefully they'll have that fixed by the time there's a Mac version. Also hopefully there will be a Mac version soon.

Date: 2008-09-03 09:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] factitiouslj.livejournal.com
"19.1 Google may make changes to the Universal Terms or Additional Terms from time to time. When these changes are made, Google will make a new copy of the Universal Terms available at http://www.google.com/accounts/TOS?hl=en and any new Additional Terms will be made available to you from within, or through, the affected Services.

"19.2 You understand and agree that if you use the Services after the date on which the Universal Terms or Additional Terms have changed, Google will treat your use as acceptance of the updated Universal Terms or Additional Terms."

That could be good for people who've already agreed to the current EULA — it means after Google fixes this, they can just put up the new version on their site, and Chrome users will automatically switch over to that. (Unless they're regularly checking for that in another browser, and stop using Chrome once they notice this happens.)

They could also use this method to switch people over to any arbitrary terms, so I hope the section above is one of the things they fix.

Date: 2008-09-04 11:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tinyfolk.livejournal.com
yeah, i'm way looking forward to that!

Date: 2008-09-04 02:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] factitiouslj.livejournal.com
OK, now I'm annoyed. They've got the rewritten EULA up now, and the only thing that's changed is section 11. Can't Google hire a guy who will read over the entire thing? So that they don't get in this situation of talking up their open source approach, then bury it under a license that forbids copying the application or its source code?

Also, Rebecca Ward apparently said "This change will apply retroactively to all users who have downloaded Google Chrome." That's only the case for users who continue using Chrome after the change — it isn't really retroactive.

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