I completely agree with you.
@To Whom It May Concern
I want to add, to what was said by Sharoon, that this lock in and anti-feature policy is present in other places of OpenERP. Let it be manual introduction of new reports in OpenERP system and change of the templates for existing ones. This feature is available in generic OpenERP and TinyERP, although, it has been intentionally hidden no to leave it open and force buying GPL licensed (!!!) Report Designer.
You would ask "GPL licensed?
", yes it is GPL licensed, that's what the code says and the About box of Report Designer states as well. One would ask for proof, here you are:
And I have been testing Report Designer with statements of GPL license, by myself, and I would not hesitate to modify one for using with report_openoffice, if it would not be a crap-ware...
This is clear evidence of selling a software licensed under GPL. So if somebody have paid money for this software, and poses a copy of one, you are absolutely righteous to release Report Designer to the general public!
Because it is licensed under GPL, no kidding!
@ OpenERP SA
If there is some idea of removing this GPL statement from web page or the Report Designer itself, as this have been done with "requirements for new partners", it is absolutely useless. I have copied the page and will provide a copy to anybody who want to use Report Designer rightfully licensed under GPL.
What requirements for partners?
- Those requirements, which asked partners not to release any software (which was developed under Shared Funding initiative, in particular) to a third party. Software, which is being provided to them during contract with Tiny Sprl. (at the time), software still licensed under GPL! These requirements were removed from web page after a rant on a forum, to hide the actual policy from general community. Isn't it against GPL?
I would not say anything if OpenERP would be semi commercial software from the very beginning, and anybody had a right to contribute a proprietary licensed modules. Still this right is delegated only to OpenERP SA and it's partners, which sell their OpenObject related developments under proprietary licenses just like that.
I am sorry but this is clear policy of "lock in"!
Is OpenERP SA open minded?
- Despite their statements -No.
Is OpenObject and OpenERP really FOSS?
- Yes, because it is the merit of community. Fortunately community is strong enough to cover the breaches.