Should Wine move to LGPL 3?

Kai Blin kai.blin at
Fri Jul 13 10:22:43 CDT 2007

On Friday 13 July 2007 13:18:41 Damjan Jovanovic wrote:
> On 7/13/07, Tom Wickline <twickline at> wrote:
> > Why shouldn't Wine move?
> LGPL3 = GPL3 + additional permissions:
> "This version of the GNU Lesser General Public License incorporates
> the terms and conditions of version 3 of the GNU General Public
> License, supplemented by the additional permissions listed below."

That's correct. This means that, as the GPLv3, the LGPLv3 is more compatible 
with international laws, as opposed to being US-centric like the (L)GPLv2 
was. Also, all the other reasons to move to the GPLv3 apply.

> The GPL3 has no track record so far, and it's too political and
> controversial for my liking.

At Samba, we have decided to switch to GPLv3 for the coming releases, 
releasing the libraries that were under the LGPLv2 under the LGPLv3.

As for other projects, see

> Let's wait a while before making the decision.

What specifically are we waiting for? Until the GPLv3 is tested in court? 
Until someone TiVolizes Wine? Christmas?


Kai Blin
WorldForge developer
Wine developer
Samba team member
Will code for cotton.
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