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Stylish Open-Source Status as of 2017

edited November 2017 in Stylish Firefox

At this time, there are no links to source code anywhere easily visible on the UserStyles website for either the UserStyles server, or the Stylish extension. Is UserStyles/Stylish still open source at all?


There are posts on this forum which reference the Github repository stylish-userstyles/userstyles as though it were the official repository; although this repository does not contain any activity after 2016-12-09, and the latest commit from Jason Barnabe (the original developer) was on 2015-06-26.

The companion repository for the Stylish client on this Github account, stylish-userstyles/stylish, lists the latest commits as from Jason Barnabe on 2016-08-01, around the time the project ownership was transferred to Justin Hindman. Most confusing about all of this is that the latest release listed in this repository is 2.0.3, even though its latest commit is just days before the release of 2.0.7 on the Firefox addons site.

Also on this account, there is a repository for the chrome extension, stylish-userstyles/stylish-chrome, whose latest commit is from Justin Hindman (the current lead developer last I heard) on 2017-03-16. However, this commit is about version 1.7.6, the latest release in this repository is 1.5.1, yet the current release on the chrome store today is 1.8.3?

I can't make sense of this.

Comments

  • Stylish for Firefox is released under the GPL v3 license. The author MUST provides users the source code, or risk incurring the fearsome wrath of the Free Software Foundation. Actually, the .XPI file you install/download from the Mozilla Add-ons site contains the source code, so you have it already.

    No idea about the Chrome version.
  • Apart from looking at the XPI, or the chrome CRX, is there still a formal repository somewhere?

  • edited November 2017 Chrome
    DeepAqua said:

    Apart from looking at the XPI, or the chrome CRX, is there still a formal repository somewhere?

    I don't think so. It is very weird to me that the new Stylish developers don't disclose this at all in their website. Stylish now has this shady option along with a privacy policy:

    "Send anonymous data to Stylish developers"

    If you try to disable it you get this message:

    "Opting out means you won't be able to see available styles directly on the Stylish add on. Visit Userstyles.org to reach them, or opt back in at any time."

    To people who want a truly FLOSS alternative to Stylish, I recommend Stylus:

    https://add0n.com/stylus.html
  • Jefferson said:

    Stylish for Firefox is released under the GPL v3 license. The author MUST provides users the source code, or risk incurring the fearsome wrath of the Free Software Foundation. Actually, the .XPI file you install/download from the Mozilla Add-ons site contains the source code, so you have it already.

    No idea about the Chrome version.

    The author incurs zero obligations from releasing their own code under the GPL. The power of the gp derives from copyright because without the authors permission nothing else provides you the right to distribute copies of the software. The author doesn't need his own permission to distribute the software. If he includes others contributes to which he hasn't obtained the rights then he would run afoul of THEIR copyright and he is as bound as they are if he doesn't want to rewrite it to obviate the need for their work.
  • Jefferson said:

    Stylish for Firefox is released under the GPL v3 license. The author MUST provides users the source code, or risk incurring the fearsome wrath of the Free Software Foundation. Actually, the .XPI file you install/download from the Mozilla Add-ons site contains the source code, so you have it already.

    No idea about the Chrome version.

    The author incurs zero obligations from releasing their own code under the GPL. The power of the gp derives from copyright because without the authors permission nothing else provides you the right to distribute copies of the software. The author doesn't need his own permission to distribute the software. If he includes others contributes to which he hasn't obtained the rights then he would run afoul of THEIR copyright and he is as bound as they are if he doesn't want to rewrite it to obviate the need for their work.
    The question in this thread is whether there is a major loophole in the GPL allowing the copyright owner to distribute a program under GPL without providing the program to licensees in source form and with no obligation to provide it. I can't tell whether you are saying there is a loophole or not.
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