[cairo] Cairo now available under either LGPL or MPL
mike.shaver at gmail.com
Sat Sep 4 09:21:05 PDT 2004
On Sat, 04 Sep 2004 09:38:12 -0400, Carl Worth <cworth at east.isi.edu> wrote:
> Cairo is now available under the terms of either the LGPL (as before) or
> the Mozilla Public License (MPL) version 1.1.
> I'd like to express my thanks to everyone who has put their effort and
> support into this process, (even the discussions with attorneys were
> quite pleasant).
And we at Mozilla (and, I'm sure, Mono and others) would like to thank
_you_ profusely for your co-operation and willingness to undertake
this non-trivial amount of work in order to help us (and others) use
Cairo in our software. You certainly did your bit in making the
> The dual LGPL/MPL license is GPL-compatible, but it leaves open the
> possibility of an MPL-only fork that would not be compatible with the
> GPL. I think the risk of this is low, as there would not be much to be
> gained by anyone, (friendly or evil), switching to an MPL-only
> model. The Mozilla project provides anecdotal evidence in support.
> That project had initial concerns about an LGPL/GPL-only fork, but
> there have been no such attempts that I am aware of.
Further, for what it's worth, the Mozilla project will for its part
sternly advise against any such MPL-only fork, much as Richard
Stallman and Miguel de Icaza advised against GPL-only forking of the
Mozilla codebase when we made our code available under the
It is certainly in Mozilla's best interest to keep the larger
community of Cairo developers, of which we are now quite pleased to be
a part, focused on improving a single codebase.
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