Re: draft for new Vim license
Thomas Bushnell wrote:
> Walter Landry <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > If the license were GPL-compatible, I could license my changes under
> > the GPL, and never talk to the Vim maintainer. However, one of the
> > things that Bram wants to be able to do is relicense the whole thing
> > under a proprietary license. This is exactly the sort of thing that
> > the GPL is designed to prevent. So a GPL patch would restrict future
> > official Vim distributions.
> Ah yes, I missed that last part. So it does seem to me that it is not
> GPL compatible, as long as it wants to reserve the right to include
> changes in future vim distributions, which themselves might be
> released under nonfree terms.
But so long as changes are only included using the Vim license, would
there be any problem? Thus isn't the license GPL-compatible for as
long as no incompatible-licensed changes have been included?
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