For Approval: GPLv3
rick at linuxmafia.com
Thu Aug 9 17:32:07 UTC 2007
Quoting Dag-Erling Smørgrav (des at linpro.no):
> You have a short memory, or maybe you weren't around when the GNOME
> project was started, or when Stallman later stabbed Trolltech in the
> back after they had spent considerable time and effort making their
> license GPL compatible...
Not that Trolltech ASA were in any way responsible for the KDE licensing
blunder (they weren't, and remain with the Opera Software ASA staff my
second-favourite bunch of crazy Norwegians after my tante Bjorg and my
onkel Reidar), but QPL 1.0 was very clearly, but tragically
GPLv2-incompatible: the patch clause, plus the initial-developer clause,
contravene section 2b. This was pretty obvious to long-time
licensing-watchers (see: http://freshmeat.net/articles/view/172/), but I
think Trolltech kept not quite grasping the underlying copyright /
derivative works issue.
I'm very sympathetic, and they took a great deal of undeserved flak for
a problem not of their making, but they were in fact simply incorrect
about QPL 1.0 being compatible.
 No slight intended to any other crazy Norwegians present. ;->
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