[SM-Discuss] license of xfree86
tony at smee.org
Fri Feb 20 09:33:10 EST 2004
On Friday 20 February 2004 1:56 pm, Hamish Greig wrote:
> On Fri, 20 Feb 2004 02:44, Ladislav Hagara wrote:
> > The XFree86 Project, Inc. changed license of Xfree86 from 1.0 to 1.1
> > http://www.xfree86.org/legal/licenses There are some problems with it.
> > Developers of Linux distributions refuse to include new xfree86 to their
> > distributions. For example Debian
> > http://freedesktop.org/pipermail/x-packagers/2004-February/000003.html or
> > RedHat
> > http://freedesktop.org/pipermail/x-packagers/2004-February/000004.html or
> > Mandrake http://archives.mandrakelinux.com/cooker/2004-02/msg04636.php
> > - lace -
> I read these posts but didn't fully understand the significance, until
> today when I found a brief interview with Richard Stallman.
> http://lwn.net/Articles/72053/ and
> This is a real problem. I don't think it matters if we are building from
> source or not. It appears that because their new license conflicts with the
> GPL, then linking GPL applications to their code violates the GPL.
> I think it means in good faith we shouldn't distribute the updated version
> of our spell. Every person that uses it will be violating the GPL .
I concur. I also believe that the more distro's that apply the pressure, the
better. IMHO we should reject Xfree86 4.4 and be vocal about it.
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