Squeak License OSD-compliance
zooko at zooko.com
Wed Feb 27 15:33:49 UTC 2002
You appear to have misunderstood what <lichengtai at yahoo.com> said. He expressed
hope that Squeak could be GPL-compatible, not that it would be GPL-like!
Perhaps my license_quick_ref.html  would be helpful to illustrate how the two
features are orthogonal. ("GPL-compatible" is the column with the legend
"combine with GPL'ed code and redistribute". "GPL-like" is logical NOT of the
column entitled "combine with proprietary and redistribute".)
I am a big fan of open source dynamic object oriented languages like Python and
E  and I've heard many great things about Squeak. Let me add my voice to
lichengtai's that I hope Squeak will be GPL-compatible.
Security and Distributed Systems Engineering
> lichengtai at yahoo.com said:
> > Hope you can make the Squeak license GNU GPL compatible. That will
> > make Squeak useful to a lot of people.
> I'll have to disappoint you there, but we are not planning to move towards the
> GPL. The GPL has problems for an environment like Squeak, which has all the
> power of a complete operating system but is typically distributed (to end
> users) as two files: the VM and the object memory image. Under the GPL, no
> matter what you'd do, distributing in this form would constitute linking and
> that would mean that commercial code would never be possible with Squeak;
> something that we expressly do want to make possible (not in the latest place,
> because it is happening and these companies are making great contributions to
> the Commons, as it should be).
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