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From James Sutherland <ja...@cam.ac.uk>
Subject Re: [Fwd: I want to contribute a software I've written.]
Date Wed, 24 May 2000 00:27:52 GMT
On Tue, 23 May 2000, Bill Stoddard wrote:
> > On Tue, 23 May 2000, William A. Rowe, Jr. wrote:
> >
> > > I'm hearing that the argument against GPL code is integration into
> > > the core.  We can't build on it, and vendors are very restricted
> > > in their distribution of it.  Correct me if I'm wrong.
> >
> > They can only distribute *modified* version if they also distribute
> > source. They can distribute binary-only versions, so long as they are
> > unchanged.
> >
> > > I don't see that an external feature (log file processing) falls
> > > into any of these objections.
> >
> > A GPLed Apache module, for example, would be a big problem; a GPLed
> > accompanying utility, OTOH, should be fine I think.
> 
> Probably so, but it does create extra legal review for
> universities/corporations that need to ship a GPLed utility.

True. Given a straight choice between the GPL and the Apache license, I'd
take the latter every time. As a general principle, I'm +1 on being
strictly GPL-free throughout *.apache.org, unless there's a very strong
reason to make an exception for some particular piece of code.


James.


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