[Linux4christians] Sword Project Needs Help
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Wed Aug 25 23:00:25 EDT 2004
I agree wholeheartedly. I'm using the ASV & RSV, as I've discovered some potential problems with the WEB. The NAS/NIV ought to be free - at least electronically. At the same time, we will need to meet the publishers half-way until we can educate (convince) them. Even so, I would be more interested in seeing a Creative Commons edition. You might still have to pay for the module (preferably only once), but could share it with others.
I have run into strong opposition on some of the Christian web forums regarding free vs. copyrighted material. Although I several times introduced the Creative Commons License - and their website - not one person seems to have checked it out. I asked one fellow via a PM, and he stated that would go and check it out. Whether or not he did is not clear. One thing is _very_ clear though. Many Christians are not willing to give up their right to charge money for every single copy of material they can sell.
For my part, "Penguin in the Pew" is FDL'ed, as is "IT as Ministry". If we really want a "free" (as in every sense of the word) modern bible, we would have to modify the WEB. I'll have to do some more homework, but understand it is presently being altered to align with the Word of Faith movement - which would be very bad news. Starting with the WEB wouldn't be too bad - understand it started off o.k., but has only one editor.
If anyone is interested in taking on that task, let me know. We would need a team to pull it off. A one-man job is too risky from a technical perspective. Others are (have) contemplated this as well. So we would not be alone.
---------- Original Message -------------
Subject: Re: [Linux4christians] Sword Project Needs Help
Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2004 19:05:07 -0700
From: singingfalls <singingfalls at tymewyse.com>
To: Linux for Christians <linux4christians at thelinuxlink.net>
On Wednesday 25 August 2004 18:26, Chris Young wrote:
> I don't see where
> Christians have to do things like the rest of the world does (ie. to
> make maximum profit or "enough" or whatever).
Thanks for pressing my buttons :-) This has long been a thorn in the side of
the people. I don't see why electronic versions of every version and study
tool isn't available freely. There are no dead trees involved and it is plain
to me that there have been more than sufficient substance returned on the
book version long ago to maintain "foundations" to do further work. It's
frustrating to say the least. I bought my first NASB in 1973 and thoroughly
wore it out. Several others versions also. How about if you by a hard copy
you get the electronic version free and institutions get it free? It just
smacks of the money changers to me. /rant
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