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Re: KDE - license issue

On Mon, Aug 23, 1999 at 09:56:04AM +0300, Rainer Dorsch wrote:
> What abut the "However clause"? [...]
> If QT is included in Debian it is a major component of the OS like libc in 
> Solaris?

Qt 1 doesn't have a chance of this (being non-free), and there isn't a
released version of KDE using Qt 2 yet.

Exactly what "major component" means is a little unclear. Presumably
.debs with priority "optional" or "extra" don't apply, so Qt would have
to be given priority "standard" or higher (the compiler, gcc, is priority
standard, so this would make sense).

Such a change probably conflicts with policy, which dictates that
"standard" packages provide a character mode system, which specifically
doesn't include X.

Also, the GPL clause specifically excludes major components that accompany
the executable, so presumably you wouldn't be able to distribute KDE on
the same CD or FTP server as Qt. Which would be weird to say the least.

In any case, the KDE folk apparently have this all under control, and since
we're waiting anyway, there's probably no need to stress about it.


Anthony Towns <aj@humbug.org.au> <http://azure.humbug.org.au/~aj/>
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