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Re: Corel's apt frontend



On Tue, Oct 19, 1999 at 10:44:11PM -0600, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
> They actually did email me, so we can do something now.. I said I'd add an
> exclusion for QT/QPL or something - but I really don't know what a
> practical wording for such an exclusion would be.

What Bruce said looked reasonable to me, but I think it would be good if a
legally savvy team of paranoiacs went over it.  Troll's refusal to
license Qt under the GPL and then have a different license for those who
want to hide their source code is apparently nothing more than an act of
spite against the free software community (perhaps compounded by ignorance
of licensing issues and emotional reactions to flames in their mailboxes).

I therefore think it would be a good idea to minimize the amount of
satisfaction Troll Tech can derive from other people contorting themselves
and their licenses just to use their product legally in free software.

In other news, I should mention that Corel may not be out of the woods yet.
The "get_it" binary was linked against *many* libraries, probably between
12 and 18, and I didn't recognize the names of everything they linked
against.  I seem to remember something called "libjscript" (a Javascript
interpreter!?!).  I did recognize most as being part of libc, apt, X, or
KDE (the ones with "kde" in them, natch), but I am not familiar with all
the commonly used KDE libs.  It's quite possible Corel hauled in something
else with licensing issues.

I really wish now that I had mailed myself the output of ldd.  :(  I don't
remember, though, if that particular laptop was connected to the net.  One
of them wasn't and I was busy giving Nicholas Blommesteijn a crash course
in free software licensing issues.  I think I was also experiencing
internal distress from exposure to a Linux box that behaved far too much
like Windows 95.

By the way, "get_it" is a pretty lousy name for a binary.

-- 
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Debian GNU/Linux                 |    of truth than lies.
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