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Re: Bug#173601: ITP: jpgraph -- OO Graph Library for PHP

On Thu, Dec 19, 2002 at 01:34:22PM -0500, Stephen Ryan wrote:

> > If the QPL permits redistribution (I haven't read that license in a
> > while), it should be ok for non-free.

> > If acidlab upstream uses JpGraph, then of course you have little choice;
> > but you might be interested to point them towards Vagrant
> > <http://vagrant.sourceforge.net/>, an imlib-based PHP graphing class
> > available under the GPL that gives very impressive-looking results.

> Waitaminnit.  Maybe I'm missing something here, but isn't the QPL a Free
> Software license?  I didn't do that much of a careful search, but I
> googled for "QPL DFSG" and found a bunch of hits that make it look like
> the QPL is considered Free.  If so, then why shouldn't jpgraph go into
> main?  The "commercial" clause is no more obnoxious than a
> GPL/talk-to-me dual license, as it applies only in the case of
> closed-source use.

As noted, it's been quite some time since I read the QPL, and I won't
pretend to have an opinion on the DFSG-freeness of it.  You may instead
read my first comment as, "if the QPL permits redistribution, it should
*at minimum* be ok for non-free."

Googling suggests there has been some disagreement in the past as to
whether QPL is DFSG-compliant, though the last word standing on the
subject seems to be that it is.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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