Wine license change

Fredrik Ohrn ohrn at
Sat Feb 9 15:29:49 CST 2002

On Sat, 9 Feb 2002, Brett Glass wrote:

> At 08:11 AM 2/9/2002, J.Brown (Ender/Amigo) wrote:
> >John Carmack made an intresting point, he releases ID softwares older
> >releases under the GPL. Why? Because after originally releasing an engine
> >after a BSD-esque license, a project done some very major work to the
> >engine...  and then lost it in a harddrive crash. So his -main- reason for
> >using the GPL is to prevent work done in the community from being lost.
> He really should take the time to back up his drives. ;-) But, assuming
> that he wishes to use this rather unusual backup mechanism, why would the
> GPL be any better at this than a BSD-style license?

You are a troll, right? That arrived thru that Slashdot posting, right?

I'm not going to lower myself to stating the obvious.

> >There are of course other points. The LGPL is the GPL without the
> >restrictions which prevent useful commercial use.
> Alas, this is not true. The latest version of the LGPL -- which
> RMS dubs the "Lesser GPL" -- imposes many restrictions which
> make commercial use difficult if not impossible. For example, it
> requires that software including the library be provided not
> just as a finished product but as a series of object files which
> can be lined with a newer version of the library. Not only is
> this a maintenance and logistics nightmare; because it exposes
> the symbol tables, it makes reverse engineering of the code
> trivial. This is by design.

Go back and read the license again, then read up on shared libraries.

Finally, come back here and apologise for your trolling and FUDing.


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Fredrik Öhrn                               Chalmers University of Technology
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