Open Sourcing the Sciter

Crowdfunding campaign to Open Source the Sciter is in effect at Kickstarter.

The goal is to gather funds for the following three tasks:

1. Sciter.

Making it Open Source: change code structure, add inline documentation, etc. to comply Open Source standards.

It is going to be either GPL or BSD clause 4 license with separate commercial licenses for new and existing customers.

2. Sciter.JS

This will be a variation of Sciter engine but with TiScript replaced by JavaScript.

The plan is to create viable alternative to the Electron. Especially along the lines of Sciter.Quark.

3. Accompanied projects and platforms

This is about:

  1. Adding support of Mobile and IoT platforms: Android, iOS, etc;
  2. Better documentation;
  3. Better integration with other technologies, for example to enable Sciter as CGO module for better Go integration;
  4. Further development of html-notepad, sciter-notes and sciter-chat, etc.

The campaign will run on Kickstarter and upon its successful completion we may have Sciter.JS published somewhere in November 2020.

7 Replies to “Open Sourcing the Sciter”

  1. Please dont make sciter opensource. You will only get ripped by freeloaders and companies not willing to invest anything.

    As a paying customer I beg you not to do this but of course I cant force your hand.

    1. Yeees! This needs to happen! Sciter is a very special snowflake, and exposing it to the public in the form of open source is the natural fit for sciter. Think of how big of a game changer sciter will be when the JavaScript community can stop using their bloated electron apps. Better tooling will almost instantly appear. Not to mention all of the blogs and exposure you will get from this. I’ve used qt, electron, wpf, gtk, wxwidgets, winforms, but nothing comes even close. Sciter is magical, and should be used by the masses.

      Sciter will also play very well with the new Svelte framework, which is a compiler that focuses on more efficient JavaScript that is more suited for the embedded world, while keeping reactivity. Sciter is already great for the embedded scene. Combining them will make embedded that much more accessible.

      1. If people want good software they should pay for good software It’s simple as that.
        I dont care about bloated electron apps. They are competition.

        Sciter gives me a competitive advantage and it going open source kills that.
        As a paying customer I hate that.

  2. Yeees! This needs to happen! Sciter is a very special snowflake, and exposing it to the public in the form of open source is the natural fit for sciter. Think of how big of a game changer sciter will be when the JavaScript community can stop using their bloated electron apps. Better tooling will almost instantly appear. Not to mention all of the blogs and exposure you will get from this. I’ve used qt, electron, wpf, gtk, wxwidgets, winforms, but nothing comes even close. Sciter is magical, and should be used by the masses. Sciter will also play very well with the new Svelte framework, which is a compiler that focuses on more efficient JavaScript that is more suited for the embedded world, while keeping reactivity. Sciter is already great for the embedded scene. Combining them will make embedded that much more accessible.

  3. I don’t currently use Sciter, but have been following it ever since you mentioned making it open source on reddit. Very excited to hear this, would like to contribute (money + code) whenever this happens.
    Instead of GPL, would you consider making it LGPL? That ensures all modifications would have to be made open source, but it’ll still be permitted to use it with a non free application. Like Qt does with it’s dual licensing model.

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