Software Patents in Europe
I feel threatened by this. Frustrated too as IBM, Apple, Sun, HP, Nokia ... who are paying for the pro-patents lobbyist in Brussels also use libxml2 and libxslt heavilly one way or another, I feel backstabbed by the entities I made a big gift to. I am starting to look at ways to protect myself, and since the only handle I have in this fight is my Copyright ownership for a large part of the code I may change the License to protect myself agaisnt patent infrigement lawsuits in the future, I'm not sure adding a clause to the MIT License I use now makes sense, I have been pointed by one of the other listed authors of libxml2/libxslt to the Academic Free License from Lawrence E. Rosen and looks very interesting. I hope I won't have to go though this, it will cost me a bit, and it will cost way more to everybody using the software to recertify it for their use :-( .
Taking things personally
I have been trying to analyze why I react so personally to things related to my libxml2 or libxslt and to a lower extend to other parts of my GNOME work. My conclusion at this point is that I invested an awful lot of my life, not just work time, in that code base and project. If I die tomorrow that would be the only think significant left of my stay around, this is a sad in a sense, but can also explain why I'm so sensitive about this.
I happened by chance to see their performance at Live8 on TV yesterday, it was amazing, I could not block a few tears, I was moved and could not resist, incredibly powerful ...