CDDL+GPL and stuff

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at
Mon Jul 16 05:27:48 UTC 2007

Konstantin Svist wrote:

> What I meant by a separate project, though - I was thinking of a 
> source-only distribution. If the end users are allowed to link anything 
> they want, as long as they don't distribute it, and distributing source 
> code only is pretty much covered as "free speech" - or at least GPL 
> doesn't impose such a restriction on it... or am I wrong?

If you make a program that's derivative of the GPL work, it has to be 
licensed as a whole under the GPL.  Since the CDDL+GPL combo would be 
derivative of the GPL work, the whole thing would have to be licensed 
under the GPL, which you can't do (because of the incompatiblity). 
Distributing only source doesn't get around this problem.

Matthew Flaschen

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