interpreted language specific open source license ?
herko at xoops.org
Fri Mar 4 12:11:40 UTC 2005
Excuse me if this has been dealt with previously, but so far I have been
unable to find a satisfying answer to my problem.
I'm the project manager for the XOOPS open source development project.
XOOPS is a php script that lets you create a portal website easily. It's
one of the php-nuke forks, if you're looking for some kind of
The problem we have is this: XOOPS is released under the GNU GPL 2.0
license. XOOPS is object oriented and modular, meaning the core provides
many methods for modules to use (membership management, ACL, rendering,
caching etc.). Recently we've had some discussion on when a module is to
be considered 'part of the whole program', and therefore licensed under
the GPL as well. Some people say that as long as it doesn't include any
of the GPL code *in the release*, it's ok. We say that this is not true,
and that our interpretation is that if the module *depends* on the GPL
code to function as intended, then it cannot be run standalone without
the GPL code, and should be considered as part of the whole program. The
GPL itself talks about dynamic library linking or something like that
(I'm not a developer), but this is geared towards compiled languages,
where the availability of the source code is not as default as it is
with interpreted languages like PHP.
Does anyone know of a good open source license geared towards
interpreted languages like php scripts? Or is the GPL clear enough on
this issue and have I missed something completely?
XOOPS.org Project Manager
Chairman of the XOOPS Foundation
[e] herko at xoops.org
[a] P.O.Box 75, 7400 AB, Deventer, The Netherlands
[t] +31 64 833 64 34
[f] +31 84 747 05 50
XOOPS: Open Source dynamic web Content Management System
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