Re: Trolltech GPL violation?
Andrew Suffield <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> On Sun, Jan 01, 2006 at 11:25:35AM -0500, Brian Nelson wrote:
>> <email@example.com> writes:
>> > Trolltech releases the "Open Source Edition" of Qt
>> > under the GPL. The complete package downloadable from
>> > their website includes the libraries, tools like
>> > qtdesigner, and documentation in .html format. Source
>> > code for the libraries and tools is provided.
>> > However, no source code is provided for the .html
>> > documentation files.
>> The "source code" for the documentation is embedded as comments in the
>> program source code, in a doxygen-like way.
>> Trolltech has not, to my knowledge, released the tool they use to
>> generate the HTML from the comments.
> Then we do indeed have (yet again) a non-redistributable Qt bundle -
> the GPL explicitly includes such tools as 'source', with the singular
> exception that it doesn't include things normally shipped with the
> operating system (like generic compilers).
It's also licensed under the QPL, which does not have this requirement.
> I don't see how Trolltech are violating anything though, since they
> own the copyright. They just aren't being particularly useful, so we
> can't redistribute the offending html documents. Do we?
Captain Logic is not steering this tugboat.