So, Bruce pulled his Rule Machine app from github.
He asked that we not rerelease it.
People that missed out on it have asked for it, but (as far as I can tell) no one has provided it.
The copy I still have in my Smartthings IDE (and on my computer) says it was released under Apache 2.0 license.
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So, the question is, what keeps someone (me for example) from re-releasing this smart app? I mean, heck, I could take his code asis and sell it for a profit and the license doesn’t prevent that.
So, why hasn’t anyone re-released rule machine?
There is clearly a demand for it.
Bruce was clearly upset enough to pull it, but does that really matter to the people who want to use the app despite the issues people had with it?
ST has an issue with the way it treats community contributors. Bruce stated that he could not in good conscience allow people to use it because it could cause issues. Shouldn’t that be OUR decision, not his?
He could have just walked away and said he wasn’t going to support it anymore, rather than taking his ball and going home.
Now that the temper tantrum is over. Can we move on with things and allow people to make an informed decision on their own on whether they want to use it or not? (I never stopped using it, and it has been working fine for me since before he pulled it.)
What is stopping me from re-releasing his app asis with no support?