[cairo] Re: License for cairo changed to LGPL
jost2345 at yahoo.de
Thu Aug 5 03:15:21 PDT 2004
On Thu, 2004-08-05 at 03:27, M. Evans wrote:
> Both the FSF and OSI deprecate the LGPL for legal
No. That's out of context and does not apply to the cairo library.
> The idea that LGPL, because it is "standard," does
> not invoke corporate legal reviews, holds little
> water. The LGPL hinges on technical definitions.
> These are highly debatable in court, change
> substantially over short time periods as the
> software industry mutates, vary from platform to
> platform, and have no case-law underpinnings (yet).
NO. cairo is neither yacc nor a C++ library, its header file contains
> My opinion was long ago filed with the OSI when
> they deprecated the LGPL but called the wx
> workaround "clever"
Yes. Adding special exceptions to a license which adds special
exceptions to a base license is indeed clever. Especially as those
special exceptions make the base license useless.
> The LGPL is, as you indicate, very questionable,
> If OSI is serious about
> deprecating this license, it should do more to
> publicize its problems.
Offtopic. The change was obviously motivated by the desire to have
_free software_. So nobody cares if you, MS, SCO or OSI think that
_open source_ is better than free or not.
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