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Re: [DotGNU]UDDI (was Re: Our blindspot)

From: Norbert Bollow
Subject: Re: [DotGNU]UDDI (was Re: Our blindspot)
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002 12:31:29 +0100

> I stand corrected, partially. I believe the FreeDevelopers charter
> limits us to copylefted software,

One of the requirements for software to be "official DotGNU
software" is that it must be GPL'd.  (It seems that GPL with
linking exception, and LGPL are close enough to GPL to satisfy
this requirement).

This is a restriction on what licenses we can use for software
that we create, not a restriction on what software we can use
as dependencies, and (where appropriate) distribute with
DotGNU.  All Free Software with GPL-compatible licensing is fine
for that.

> or did I miss yet another memo?
> > According to this, BSD software (aka 'XFree86 Style') is Free, although
> > non-copylefted. (#TOCNon-CopyleftedFreeSoftware)

It's also GPL-compatible, meaning that if it turns out that we
want to make big changes, we are allowed to create a GPL'd
derivative work.  This is good enough so that we should feel
free to use it and contribute any small changes to the current
maintainers -- unless we actually make big, extensive changes,
or changes that the current maintainers don't want to include in
their version, the overhead of maintaining a GPL fork cannot be
justified in any way.

Greetings, Norbert.

A founder of the project and Steering Committee member
Norbert Bollow, Weidlistr.18, CH-8624 Gruet   (near Zurich, Switzerland)
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