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Re: New Octave package "OCL" providing OpenCL support

From: Matthias W. Klein
Subject: Re: New Octave package "OCL" providing OpenCL support
Date: Mon, 27 May 2019 22:19:39 +0200
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Colin, Mike,

thank you for sharing your opinions - which is what I meant to ask for.

They agree with mine: At least one OpenCL driver is free (Mesa), so all
drivers may be links against, but no (non-free) driver may be shipped
with the package (holds for the OCL repo). Everything as is with OpenGL
since long.

Although I am also not a lawyer, this settles the question for me on
this list.


On 27.05.2019 06:36, Colin Macdonald wrote:
On 2019-05-26 1:11 p.m., Matthias W. Klein wrote:
Thanks, Mike.

I think the situation for OpenGL and OpenCL is comparable.

@Colin: Do you support Mike's statements?

I am also not a lawyer but I think I agree.

On 25.05.2019 21:46, Mike Miller wrote:
For OpenGL and OpenCL, I don't think it matters whether they can be
If the user opts to drop in a different non-free OpenCL driver,
that's their choice.

Yeah, unless they *ship* your library with it linked against a
proprietary OpenCL lib.  Then maybe it gets blurry (well not for me:
*I'd* consider that a GPL violation).  But even they, they are doing
something wrong, not you.

Put another way, the fact that someone else *could* do something with
your software that would be a GPL violation by no means stops you from
developing it.

Anyway, just my opinions not legal advice (of course),

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