Exact license to solve the Open Source/Closed Standard problem?

Michael Sparks zathras at thwackety.com
Tue Sep 28 23:14:25 UTC 2004

On Tue, 28 Sep 2004, John Cowan wrote:
> Brian Behlendorf scripsit:
> > There
> > was much gnashing of teeth about this (and disappointment that the FSF
> > is still calling us incompatible for other reasons)
> Has *any* license *ever* gone from GPL-incompatible to GPL-compatible?

The Mozilla Public License did. The original version was incompatible,
whereas the current version allows a clause to state that the code can be
used under the terms of alternate licenses. If the alternate listed
licenses are GPL or LGPL (or both) then the MPL becomes GPL compatible,
which is why it's listed as compatible on gnu.org.

See also about halfway down http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/license-list.html
for their words on the MPL. The bare MPL with no alternative license isn't
GPL compatible though.

> Unless you are the Mozilla Project.  :-)

This is either irony or you were teasing :-)



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