Re: One unclear point in the Vim license
The Vim license keeps an
opening for a company to make a modified version of Vim and sell it, if
he can agree with me on the conditions.
This is always true. Regardless of what license you *state* in the
program, you always have the possibility of agreeing to some other
arrangement with some specific person or company.
So you could, if you wish, release Vim under the GPL and then make
special arrangements with a particular company. A number of free
programs, including Qt and MySQL, are handled this way.
Branden Robinson wrote:
You are allowed to distribute a modified version of Vim when either of
the following conditions are met:
1) You make your changes to the source code available to the general
public, or to those to whom you distributed modified versions of
Vim, with no restrictions on use, copying, modification, or
2) You make your changes to the source code available to the Vim
maintainer at no charge, and grant him or her a perpertual license
to use, copy, modify and distribute your changes without
restriction. The preferred way to do this is by e-mail or by
uploading the files to a server and e-mailing the URL. If the
number of changes is small (e.g., a modified Makefile) e-mailing
the diffs will do. The e-mail address to be used is
If you can go with this solution, I think it would be a good
improvement. Alternative 1 could be replaced by the GPL
which says similar things.