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Re: Packaging Swiss Ephemeris Free Edition for Debian GNU/Linux

"Jaldhar H. Vyas" <jaldhar@debian.org> writes:

> On Tue, 14 Oct 2003, Alois Treindl wrote:
>> On Tue, 14 Oct 2003, Jaldhar H. Vyas wrote:
>> >
>> > Personally my suggestion would be to adopt the dual QPL/GPL scheme just
>> > like Trolltech.
>> Yes, except for one additional situation:
>> We find more and more that software is developed not for distribution, but
>> for inhouse use in commercial companies, e.g. to power a web application
>> which makes money via web services.
>> We would like this usage to be considered commercial, i.e. requiring
>> a paid license.
>> I am not sure that the GPL serves us here. Someone using Swiss Ephemeris
>> unde the GPL could run it in some webservice, without ever paying
>> anything, or ever ublishing anything back for the open source community.
>> I have not looked at the QT license in that respect. Are you aware of that
>> situation is covered in a way favourable for QT?
> My understanding is that the GPL is currently unclear on the topic of web
> services and this is going to be addressed in an upcoming GPL v3. I don't
> know about the QPL.  I am taking the liberty of ccing your message to
> debian-legal as the people there are more knowledgeable on such subjects.

I think it's pretty clear that Mr. Treindl does not want Swiss
Ephemeris to be free software: freedom to exploit the software for
commercial benefit is a necessary component of Debian's definition of


Brian T. Sniffen                                        bts@alum.mit.edu

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