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Re: QT non-free but becoming compatible to debian? (was Re: Qt license change)

Navindra Umanee writes:
> Doesn't Qt deserve Motif-like status as a system library?

I think it would have to be at least 'standard' for that.

> Qt can be one of the GUI APIs of free Unix (of course, GTK+ would be the
> another).  Then, Qt would be perfectly compatible with GPL and LGPL.

> (I'm referring to this reasonable clause in the GPL:

>   However, as a special exception, the source code distributed need not
>   include anything that is normally distributed (in either source or
>   binary form) with the major components (compiler, kernel, and so on)
>   of the operating system on which the executable runs, 

>   unless that component itself accompanies the executable.

I think this means that if a GPL-incompatible library becomes a system
library in an OS no GPL programs can be distributed with the OS.  I don't
think that is what RMS intended, but that's how it reads to me.
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