For Approval: GPLv3

Dag-Erling Smørgrav des at
Thu Aug 9 17:38:54 UTC 2007

Rick Moen <rick at> writes:
> Quoting Dag-Erling Smørgrav (des at
> > 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[1]), 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:, but I
> think Trolltech kept not quite grasping the underlying copyright /
> derivative works issue.

I am not referring to the QPL 1.0, but to a later version in which
Trolltech tried to correct the mistakes from QPL 1.0, with assistance
from the FSF, only to have Stallman turn on them after they released
it.  He plays the bait-and-switch game down to the fingertips.

Dag-Erling Smørgrav
Senior Software Developer
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