Well, it's the end of an era. TurboPower has formally shut down effective 7 Jan 03. Read all about it at www.turbopower.com. In anticipation of the inevitable questions, TurboPower has put together a FAQ at http://www.turbopower.com/faq/. I, personally, do not know all of the reasons why the TurboPower retail business was discontinued, but it's a done deal, and there's no point to going on and on about it.
The APRO line of components (APRO (the VCL version), APAX (the ActiveX version), and APRO-CLX (the Kylix version) are all being released as open source through Source Forge. To answer the inevitable questions, we've set up a page showing how to get the projects here. Note that these projects are still in the approval process.
These will be released under the Mozilla 1.1 license. There seems to be a lot of confusion about this license, so you're highly encouraged to read the Mozilla 1.1 license. There's also a pretty thorough FAQ about this license at http://jvcl.sourceforge.net/licensing.htm (that's a Project Jedi site, another highly successful open source Delphi component thingy). In addition to the MPL (Mozilla Public License), APRO-CLX will be dual-licensed with the LGPL (Lesser General Public License) for use with the Open Edition of Kylix. Here are some of the questions (and answers) that I've seen lately, these are by no means legally binding, so bounce it off the actual license or your lawyer if you have doubts. (while you're at it, bounce a few heavy objects off your lawyer, such as a sofa)
Q: If I use APRO do I have to release the source to
Q: Can I create a commercial, closed-source application
Q: What's the biggest impact of using the MPL instead
of the old TurboPower license?
Q: Since APRO-CLX is dual licensed (MPL and LGPL),
how does that affect things?
Q: Since it's open source, that means I can repackage
APRO and sell it on my own, right?
Q: What's your favorite color?
Q: What did that last question have to do with APRO
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