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Re: Relicensing of modules for libposix branch

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: Relicensing of modules for libposix branch
Date: Wed, 04 May 2011 08:11:48 -0600
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On 05/04/2011 05:06 AM, Reuben Thomas wrote:
> Sorry for the confusion. I shall start a new thread.
> Bruno & Jim, at least, you've both written several replies to earlier
> messages which I have little hope of collating in a sane amount of
> time, so I'd be most grateful if you could just reply once, here.
> On 4 May 2011 10:14, Reuben Thomas <address@hidden> wrote:
>> $ ls 
>> */{acosl,asinl,atanl,cosl,expl,logl,sinl,sqrtl,tanl,isfinite,tmpfile,fflush,futimens,nanosleep,getgroups,tzset,strtoimax,strtoumax}.*
>> |xargs git log --pretty=format:%aN |sort |uniq -c

Thanks for summarizing again.

From my perspective on all of those, my work on the fflush and futimens
modules are the most complex (that is, providing new code not available
anywhere else, especially since in the case of fflush we are fixing bugs
present in current glibc), if we thought that a stronger license could
be reasonably used as leverage to improve freedoms of projects trying to
use the code.  However, I'm definitely of the opinion that relaxing the
license to LGPLv2+, to match the fact that glibc provides those same
interfaces under that license, is reasonable.

Therefore, I add my consent to relicensing the above list.

However, for gnulib interfaces not in POSIX or glibc (this discussion
has already mentioned modules like the gl-list abstraction), or which
call exit() and therefore don't belong in a safe library, we really are
adding value that should only be available for projects willing to be
compatible with the GPL.  Thankfully we are not trying to shoehorn any
of those gnulib modules into libposix.

Eric Blake   address@hidden    +1-801-349-2682
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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