Re: more tolerant licensing for Debian infrastructure
Jaldhar H. Vyas wrote:
On Thu, 3 Nov 2005, Thiemo Seufer wrote:
Why do programs written specifically for Debian such as dpkg or apt,
have a license which is not compatible with some other DFSG-compliant
Because the authors chose so.
Obviously. But the question was why they chose to do so when it goes
against the spirit of the DFSG?
They can't have deliberately chosen the GPL to be incompatible with a
DFSG-(non?)compliant CDDL for two reasons:
a) CDDL's DFSG-compliance has been repeated subject of debate and it
didn't receive a roundabout positive review yet, afaik.
b) the license choice of the authors of said utilities (GPL) most likely
predates CDDL, so one can't assume that they deliberately chose to be
incompatible with something that didn't exist at that point in time.
CDDL only officially exists since a few seasons.
For better or worse, the CDDL is GPL-incompatible by an explicit choice
of its drafters. That's not necessarily something undesirable for its
drafters, from a few conversations I had with people involved in that