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- Subject: RE: about the next version's license agreement
- From: "Joshua Jensen" <jjensen@...>
- Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2002 21:40:42 -0600
> The GPL, love it or hate it, requires the combination of
> GPL'd software
> and software under another license to be distributed under the GPL.
> Again I'm at risk of provoking our GPL-opposing friends on this list.
> I'm not promoting or defending the GPL, I'm only searching for the
> answer to a practical question. Suppose I want to embed Lua into the
> Linux kernel, for example, which like a lot of software is under GPL.
> Is this a theoretical concern?
It's a Catch-22. If Lua is GPL'ed, there is no way Lua would ship in
many commercial products again, especially since most companies, I would
suppose, can't afford to release their source code publicly. On the
other hand, you can't embed Lua in a GPL'ed product.
I'll keep my opinions about GPL to myself, but perhaps a licensing
arrangement similar to Blitz++ would be in order. It gives two licenses
to choose from. Maybe Lua would benefit from a similar arrangement.