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to autodownload or not to autodownload

Hi All,

Starting a new thread for the autodownload discussion which has forked of the google-earth thread.

First of all let say that I understand that autodownloader is a grey area, and as such I'm more then willing to discuss its use and maybe put down some guidelines for its use. For myself I've used as guideline sofar:
-autodownloader is only for content, and only for content for Free engines /

I must say however although I understand the greyness and the worries about autodl, I must say I'm currently not much inclined to spend much time defending it.

Why? Because we also ship the blacker then black, actually automatically downloading closed source code, not content but code! codecbuddy. Not only does it automatically download some gratis closed source code, it even offers the user to buy closed source code, effectively free advertising for commercial closed source! I've kept quiet about this sofar, because I much rather spend time being productive then having discussions, but IMHO this is _not_ acceptable.

So my stance on autodownloader is simple, next to codecbuddy its brightly shining white, so white it almost hurts the eyes. So if we're going to discuss things like this, lets start with the largest offender and remove codecbuddy!

If, once codecbuddy has been removed, the conclusion of more discussion will end up that autodownloader is not acceptable too, then so be it. I will gladly sacrifice autodownloader if thats the price to pay to get codecbuddy (as is) removed.

I must say that any complaints about autodownloader before codecbuddy gets removed, to me, are nothing short of hypocritical, and therefor will not be taken very seriously by me.



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