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Re: [Gcl-devel] 2.6.8 licensing

From: Donald Winiecki
Subject: Re: [Gcl-devel] 2.6.8 licensing
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2010 20:28:18 -0600

A change to the most recent licenses will make things consistent with
FSF's current way of thinking about open source, though more
aggressive developers seem to think it's restrictive.  Given the
typical users and usual applications of GCL, this may not be an issue.

But I'm not sure -- if GCL is licensed under GPL3, does that mean that
anything built with or under it will also have to be licensed under
GPL3?  (I guess that's why Camm is querying the Axiom list.)

And copyrighting GCL under the FSF seems like a reasonable idea, but
without Camm, GCL would be fairly well static, I think.


Don Winiecki, Ed.D., Ph.D.
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On Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 4:19 PM, Camm Maguire <address@hidden> wrote:
> Greetings!  The FSF has requested that we "change the software license
> to GPLv3 or later, and the documentation license FDLv1.3 or later".
> By this I think they mean LGPLv3 of course.  To remain consistent with
> the Debian Free Software guidelines, I think we'd have to add "with no
> invariant sections, no front-cover texts and no back-cover texts'" to
> the doc license.  I don't see any problem with this, but I thought I'd
> put this out for comment just in case anyone else does.
> Separately, at some point we might want to discuss having the FSF hold
> the copyright, if that is even possible, let alone desirable.
> I'm considering removing the binutils subtree, as all targets are
> working now with custreloc save ia64 and hppa, which use dlopen as
> always.  One can still build against an external bfd library if
> desired.  It is probably necessary to keep the local gmp copy as a
> convenience as many users don't seem to have this installed.
> Thoughts most welcome.
> Take care,
> --
> Camm Maguire                                       address@hidden
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