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Re: Recently released QPL



    /*
     * Discussion returned to -legal where it belongs, please don't move
     * -it to devel to talk about licenses, we have enough traffic there
     * already
     */


On Wed, Mar 24, 1999 at 04:08:03PM -0600, David Starner wrote:
> > > I would sooner create YAL that had the GPL's terms matched
> > > with the exception of license compatibility than use a license I KNEW was
> > > going to limit where others could or could not use my code for the
> > > purposes of Free Software. If my code is being used in Free Software, I
> > > don't care what Free Software license they use for their code.
> > 
> > Just curious, how would you phrase a license that did not hinder
> > compatibility yet still prevented someone from modifying the program
> > and releasing it under non-free terms?
> 
> The LGPL works fairly well, except it allows people to use pieces in
> proprietary programs. Perhaps GPL with the explicit permission to link
> it against other DFSG licensined code? (Not as legal rigourous, but it
> should work.)

RMS has also argued against GPL+extra permissions.  RMS wants GPL, only
GPL, and never anything else.  Because of the anti-social nature of the
GPL many things are being written for the LGPL and RMS recently made a
plea to people to stop using the LGPL for things like libraries. 
However, look at what happens if you do that.


Either the GPL needs to change (VERY unlikely), the FSF needs to publish
a new license which is more friendly to things which are Free Software
but not GPL, or someone else needs to do it and TRY to get people to use
it.

Somehow all of these options don't seem to go very far in my mind, but
one of them has to happen if we want to stop this license fragmentation.

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Joseph Carter <knghtbrd@debian.org>            Debian GNU/Linux developer
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<toor> netgod: what do you have in your kernel??? The compiled source for
       driving a space shuttle???

<Spoo> time to make a zip drive your floppy drive then. if the kernel
       doesn fit on that, the kernel is an AI

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