Here are some questions from the license that I'm confused about:
2. LICENSE GRANT, USE AND OWNERSHIP
(i) to use the Software in accordance with the Documentation solely for non-production purposes of Licensee's internal business operations, development, evaluation, and education,Also, this was said on your blog a couple a years ago http://blog.springsource.com/2009/05...uite-now-free/:4. CONFIDENTIALITY.
In no event shall Licensee use the Software or any Confidential Information to develop, manufacture, market, sell, or distribute any product or service.
where the last word "here" is a link to an access-denied page: http://www.springsource.com/node/406.What does “free�? actually mean?
STS is available at no cost and free for all development purposes; no strings attached. It is licensed under a commercial license, which you can review here.
So, what are the terms at the end? Can a person download STS, build an application (e.g. Groovy app or a Grails app or anything that you can build by hand (just with more hassle and time) and consider it free) and then distribute that - e.g. sell that software or publish on a public Web server or something along these lines?
In other words - I find the above terms quite ambiguous. "non-production purposes of Licensee's ... development" - what is non-production development? "In no event shall Licensee use the Software ... to ... distribute any product or service" - so you cannot give your client an STS-made Grails site to publish it? Or even make your own personal site and hang it on some VPS Web server?