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Re: Can we pull KDE?

On Tue, Sep 08, 1998 at 07:52:06AM +0200, Michael Meskes wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 07, 1998 at 07:00:42PM -0400, Raul Miller wrote:
> > This borders on the truth.  The current license is not DFSG, since
> > GPL+Qt explicitly disallows any distribution.  Also, while we agreed
> > that a license which allows distribution could let KDE be distributed,
> > that hasn't happened yet, and doesn't begin to cover all the current
> > issues.
> Pardon me, but I haven't followed this discussion closely enough. Could
> anyone please tell me in two or three words why it is illegal to distribute
> KDE which is GPLed but linked to a non-free library, but not illegal to
> distribute an Emacs binary linked against (for instance) SUN's libc, which
> isn't free either.

The GPL specifically lets you link against standard system components,
free or non-free. That means free software can be linked with Sun's libc,
as well as with Motif etc on Solaris systems. It couldn't be linked with
Motif on a linux system because Motif is not standard on linux systems
(Debian at least).

Hamish Moffatt VK3TYD              hamish@debian.org, hamish@rising.com.au
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