License debate conclusion
rmf at lookhere.com
Sun Dec 23 03:54:12 CST 2001
Alexandre Julliard <julliard at winehq.com> wrote:
> My conclusion is that there clearly isn't enough support in the
> developers community to justify changing the license. So I'm not going
> to proceed with any change, either now or in the foreseeable future.
before this is concluded, I will add one thing just for the sake
of archival (in case this comes up again). If ALL of wine were strictly
LGPLed, basically, *all* propriatary extensions could no longer be
included. Why? Because the output of winebuild will be LGPLed, thus
no propriatary programs could use its output in creating a shared
library. winebuild is like bison in this case, and the output of
bison has a special exemption so that you can use it in something
other than *GPLed programs.
This inadvertant problem is precisely why *GPLed stuff has to be scrutinized
carefully if you care about commercial relationships (most *GPL projects don't
care) and is why commerical interests are wary of projects with a *GPL license.
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