Welcome to the JuntoSoft Site, sponsored by TightWire.net. All software released under the JuntoSoft moniker will be released under the “Artistic License 2.0,” a variant of the GPL. In a nutshell, this licence allows for free use and distribution of any software, as long as such distribution is done free of charge. In other words, anyone is free to use or redistribute any released software, but it may not be sold. It also allows other copywritten works to be packaged with the new combined work subject to any restrictions of those other works, a bound run-time FileMaker solution for example.
If parts of the JuntoSoft logo appear familiar, they more than likely should. A public domain portrait of Benjamin Franklin is the source of the eye image. and the font used is Poor Richard, one of Franklin’s pseudonyms under which he authored Poor Richard’s Almanack.
Benjamin Franklin, may seem an odd inspiration for a software project at first. Franklin was, among other things, an inventor. He was responsible for the invention of the Franklin Stove, bifocal glasses, and the lightning rod, among other equally ubiquitous practical breakthroughs.Franklin placed his designs in the public domain and refused offers by others to obtain patents for him. In his autobiography, he said of his preference in such matters: “[A]s we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours; and this we should do freely and generously.” This excellent example of early “open-source” hardware serves as my inspiration for adopting the Artistic License for the core products we often include in work-for-hire applications. This saves time, money, and reduces confusion.