NOTE: This is of “historical” importance because it was the cause of the “early death” of Gwt-Ext. It’s no doubt for the best, because SmartGwt has supplanted it.
In addition, it makes it easier for libraries like SmartGwt and Gxt to track future widget developments and changes such as the new event handling in Gwt 1.6
In light of ExtJS going GPL, I’d like to provide an update to GWT-Ext users on the future direction of the project. While many users would like to see GWT-Ext continue to provide an LGPL stack with Ext 2.0.2, a few others felt that GWT-Ext should just go ahead and support the GPL versions of ExtJS.
One of the early adopters of GWT-Ext sent me an email yesterday voicing his concerns saying that since GWT-Ext fully depends on ExtJS, moving to support Ext GPL would be the right thing to do. He goes on to say that “..licensing is a big deal, but to most people who are using the ext product, GPL is not a bad change. The biggest hits will be the big companies that are using it, not the little people. GPL for these bigger companies is perfectly fine.”
I value his opinion and I’m sure some others feel the same way, but I have a different view on this matter. There are two aspects to ExtJS going GPL :