Re: GPL and scripting languages (here: python2.3-psycopg)
"W. Borgert" <email@example.com> writes:
> I am the Debian maintainter of asn1-mode for GNU Emacs and
> RMS explicitly educated the upstream authors they have to
> release the mode under GPL or not at all. I think, this is
> a little bit strange, because one could theoretically write
> an Emacs clone using M$ latest crazy EULA as a license, but
> elisp-compatible to GNU Emacs. Anyway, with Python things
> are different, because the license differs.
What I've seen RMS say before is this:
As for the more general question, we think that a program that uses
Emacs facilities needs to be GPL-covered, but a program that just
uses the Lisp language could have any license--it is not affected by
the license of Emacs.
In other words, if you're using the Emacs extensions to Lisp, RMS
claims you're a derivative work. I don't think he's wrapped his head
around the idea that Emacs is an interpreter and library distributed
with many operating systems yet... but to keep things on-topic for
this list, it doesn't matter much: Debian can't take the OS exception anyway.
Brian Sniffen firstname.lastname@example.org