Wine license change

Steve Langasek vorlon at
Thu Feb 7 09:13:15 CST 2002

On Thu, Feb 07, 2002 at 03:50:56PM +0100, Andreas Mohr wrote:
> Seems Slashdot is fast today ;-)

> They already have a thread about the proposed license change running.

> One guy made an interesting suggestion:
> a "dual license" scheme (like MySQL uses) where you switch to (L)GPL,
> but certain companies are allowed to take code without contributing
> everything and their arms and legs back...

If that's the wish of the Wine community (as opposed to the wish of a 
group of armchair quarterbacks on Slashdot who've never written a line of 
published code), then there's no need for a license change at all.  The 
present license allows one to take the Wine code and use/redistribute it 
under the LGPL at any time.

The primary reason to convert the WineHQ repository to LGPL is if we want 
to ensure that other companies/individuals don't contribute less back to 
Wine than is required by the LGPL when they make modifications.  If you 
think that would be a bad thing, then vote against converting to the LGPL.  
I imagine that being bound by the LGPL would make Jeremy's position 
easier during contract negotiations, though, because it would leave his 
clients with no choice but to accept the terms that he already wants them 
to accept anyway. :)

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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