I'm Danilo Leggieri (Danix), the winPenPack project founder.
Our project is based upon the maximum observance of both the licenses and the authors will. Is enough to read our license
, the procedures for requiring the portabilizations
and all the directives that we always yield to our users (i.e. the "Programs that CAN'T be made portable
" section). We produced, in the past, some portatilizations that have been refused by the authors of the portabilized programs. Although these programs were regulated by the GPL, we anyway respected the authors will (example here
About Firefox, we sent many requests to Mozilla Foundation for authorize us to use their trademarks, but we never received answers. We then decided to create a script that, performing an automatic installation in the program folder, allowed us to distribute the unmodified setup, so following the Trademark Policy. All the details of this implementation can be found in the X-Firefox Info section
of our site. We have also asked an opinion to Mozilla Italia
about our distribution method, and they did not found any violation of Mozilla's Trademarks Policy. When and if the Mozilla Foundation will express an adverse opinion for our portatilization and/or its implementation, we will stop to distribute all Mozilla software, respectfully of their will, as we always pursued, substituting them with equivalent (but surely less effective or diffused) programs. But we would be very disappointed if, after all the hard work for supporting our project - performed, we want to point out, absolutely for free, standing also the administration charges - someone could lobby Mozilla or Oracle so that the "much coveted" authorizations will not be accorded to us. Our requests do not want to persuade Mozilla and Oracle to choose X-Firefox or X-OpenOffice.org as their official portable versions, but want just state that these X-Programs are legal
portable versions of open source programs, as all the programs hosted by winPenPack.com.
About X-OpenOffice.org, also the italian project PLIO expressed a positive opinion. Here can find all the details
. Also in this case, if Oracle will adverse us, we will stop to distribute and support also X-OpenOffice.org. But sincerely we do not see any valid reason to consider our version illegal, because our work is performed conscientiously under any point of view, and using exclusively unmodified binaries downloaded from their original sites. We do not support this project for get rich, but just for the simple pleasure to do it for our community, stealing a precious part to our free time. Then, although PortableApps is an excellent project, we believe that is possible to think that other projects can have or reach the same target and quality, and that all together can coexist.
By the way, talking about open source, all our source code is available in SourceForge repository
for any review, so we had never (and cannot) be accused to steal others work, closing the source and distributing as it would be produced by us (as other project have been, also in this site).
In short, if there is still something to adjust, we are absolutely open to find all the needed solutions, as always. But we cannot accept any criticism that we are not working in a sphere of legality, because "the legality anyhow" has been always the first assumption of all our work.