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License of closed source library libandroid-navigation #1391
Thanks a lot @danesfeder & others for pushing forward such an amazing open source library. We (as GraphHopper) appreciate that Mapbox invests into the open source community.
Now that the libandroid-navigation is merged into master this creates uncertainty regarding trust and license. What is the license of the closed source library and which (distribution etc) rights does one have? What actually does it do? Does it use the internet or "just" for offline purposes.
Why not add this library for commercial distribution later in the pipeline and use an open source replacement with the functionality from before the merge of this library?
I'm not saying that you should open source this library. Furthermore we are open to contributions. (already contributed some tiny things like #1108)
What can we do that you re-evaluate your current strategy :) ?
Initially asked at #1265
Outside of performance and reliability, it makes it much easier to align platforms (iOS v. Android for example), where previously we were in a constant state of flux for platform parity. @mcwhittemore outlined a similar explanation in #1265 (comment).
I hope this helps provide some context into the benefits of this library.
@karussell - Sorry for the slow reply here. The license for Navigator is the Mapbox TOS license. I was hoping to have a landing page about Navigator to point to so you could read the license, but that is a few weeks out still. Here is the text of the license.
Oh, wow. Really unexpected and unusual way for a repository on Github and especially for Mapbox. Not unrightful, please don't get me wrong, but disappointed. Time for a real open source fork :)
Still, we appreciate your work and hope that you decide to change this proprietary strategy.