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Re: sponsor(s) needed for emelfm, upx, libucl

On Tue, Apr 11, 2000 at 05:03:21PM +0200, Eduard Bloch wrote:
> Peter Makholm wrote on Tue Apr 11, 2000 um 02:11:32PM:
> > Eduard Bloch <edi@gmx.de> writes:
> > 
> > > - UPX, a file-compressor for executables which are unpacked on-the-fly
> > > 	while execution (GPL, apparently non-free because of a special paragraph
> > > 	in the license).
> > 
> > Could you please send this paragraph.
> Sure. UPX creates new binaries, including an executable header (which is
> under GPL) and the compressed contents of the real executable. But there
> are some limitations regarding the compression of non-GPL-programs with
> an modified version of UPX. Our version is unmodified, still recompiled,
> but who knows. I'm not a jurist, so I don't know exactly how to treat
> this. So the user should better read the original license before using
> this tool and for this reason I would place it in the non-free section.

It's GPL + additional permissions.  It can be treated as pure GPL
(choose to ignore the extra permissions they give you).

It is comparable to the LGPL in so far as it is GPL, plus an extra
exception which allows you to link things with it without making the
whole GPL'ed. (But a slightly less generous exception, since it only
allows you to link it unmodified).

IMO, therefore, it goes into main.


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