Some Answers About 1.0

Steve Edgar (sedgar@lightlink.com)
Wed, 17 Jun 1998 09:52:01 -0400


I'm Steve Edgar, the author of the .90, .92 and 1.0 Windows versions from
Cornell. About a month ago, I left Cornell for a new job, but have been
keeping an eye on the list. There have been a lot of questions about the
circumstances surrounding version 1.0. Here are the answers to some of
those questions.

*) Is Cornell allowed to put color in its release?

Yes. There is nothing in the contract between White Pine and Cornell that
prohibits color. I had this point checked very carefully before I
attempted to put in the color feature.

*) Is Cornell required to consult White Pine about releases?

No. Cornell can make releases of CU-SeeMe without consultation.

*) Why was the 1.0 release suddenly stopped?

Cornell stopped the release; at White Pine's request. For a variety of
reasons, White Pine wasn't sure they wanted 1.0 to be released, and asked
Cornell to stop the release, pending further discussions. Cornell agreed.
After the departure of the CU-SeeMe development team, there remained little
advocacy for the CU-SeeMe project at Cornell. And so, much delay ensued
until the two parties decided what to do. Had the CU-SeeMe development
team stayed at Cornell, the release would have taken place as scheduled.

*) What's the story with the "test" versions of 1.0 that are out there?

The rug was pulled out from under the 1.0 release only 2 days before its
scheduled announcement. My testers (who were all super) were using daily
builds for months. The last of these builds, going by .96a17 and 1.0, are
essentially the release build. These are not "partial builds",
"half-baked", or "alphas for debugging only". I will not say they are
completely bug free :), but they work well, and they are the real deal.

*) Can those versions be redistributed?

Yes. Those versions are legal to use and redistribute. Any Cornell
CU-SeeMe version given out, "test" or the otherwise, is freeware, and comes
with a copywrite that says so. Cornell has always had this freeware policy
with all its test and release versions of CU-SeeMe.

*) Will the 1.0 release be canceled or feature stripped? When will a
decision be announced?

I'm told that a decision was made about a week ago, and that it is up to
Cornell to announce it. I have encouraged Cornell not to delay the
announcement.

Hope this helps.

-- Steve.