Tine 2.0 is 100% open source !
We firmly believe in the quality and effectiveness of free open source software. That’s why Tine 2.0 is open source – it is now and will continue to be in the future.
Tine 2.0 is available to the general public free of charge. We hope this will make Tine 2.0 accessible to as many users as possible, thereby simplifying and improving inter-human collaboration worldwide. It is our opinion that open source for the IT sector is what “fair” is for commercial trade and “organic” is for agriculture. In this spirit, we develop professional software, which truly everyone can use – liberated from financial and technical barriers.
Tine 2.0 is the joint work of an open source community. This community is responsible exclusively to itself and does not serve any corporate or individual interests. We are convinced that working together in a community of this kind is the best environment for creating a technologically mature and high quality product. The Tine 2.0 community consists of many voluntary helpers who implement their individual talents and ideas into development, check the source code on an ongoing basis and provide constant feedback to the developer community. Through this collaborative process, all participants create a unique product which improves a little bit each day.
Tine 2.0 is always the full version! Many providers have a standard practice of offering free software with reduced performance. In this manner, they hope to allure customers to a full version which, of course, then has to be purchased.Tine 2.0 is neither a teaser nor an unpleasant surprise: There is only one Tine 2.0 – and that’s the free full version! Furthermore, each user can also enjoy all Tine 2.0 updates automatically and, of course, also free of charge.
Tine 2.0 is under the AGPL v3 open source licence. The APGL is based on the well-known GPL (general public licence) for licensing free software. This obligates providers of modified software to have the software GPL certified and, as such, to make it available to users. This is intended to secure a programme’s licence even in the event of further development by other parties.Since, in the case of a web application, the software itself is not being distributed, it is permissible to offer services with modified GPL software without the modifications and expansions having to be returned to the original developer community. This is, of course, not the intention of a GPL. The AGPL licence closes this lacuna and requires, under Section 13, that the source code of AGPL-licensed software be made available to all users. This is why APGL licensing is the optimal solution for a web application like Tine 2.0.