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Re: Fedora philosophy (was ATI video comes out of the closet)

On Sat, 2007-09-08 at 21:16 -0400, Matthew Saltzman wrote:
> On Sat, 2007-09-08 at 16:09 -0700, Craig White wrote:
> > On Sat, 2007-09-08 at 17:12 -0500, Les Mikesell wrote:
> > > There is such a fundamental problem in general, in that the GPL 
> > > restrictions prevent many useful combinations of things from being 
> > > distributed even when all parties would like to give them away.  However 
> > > in this case the specific problem is the lack of a stable and specified 
> > > interface so a device driver can independently provide services for the 
> > > kernel without either being considered a derivative or needing to 
> > > revised every time the kernel is rebuilt.
> > ----
> > not really a problem for software where the source is available and much
> > more of a problem for software that is distributed as binary only.
> Oh, but it *is* a problem, even for open source.  I work on a project
> licensed under the CPL.  That's open source too, but I can't distribute
> prebuilt binaries of versions that link with GPL utility routines such
> as getline().
> You might suggest that I choose a different license, but it's not up to
> me.
> The really silly thing is, even the FSF doesn't think there's a major
> philosophical difference.  The CPL has some restrictions regarding
> patent licensing that the GPL doesn't.  The FSF description of the
> incompatibility states that they don't think those restrictions are a
> bad idea, but the do induce incompatibility.
silly thing? surely not to those who have chosen this CPL license (and
I'm not familiar with it).

there is obviously intent by the developers when they choose a
particular license. Then of course, there are stories such as this which
are clearly upsetting...

I think that the objectives for the GPL license and well known and have
been for quite some time.


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