[ILUG] RMS: KDE in violation of GPL
jm at jmason.org
Wed Sep 6 12:24:43 IST 2000
Paul Jakma said:
> Even worse the KDE crowd took other people's GPL code and incorporated
> it without permission into a non-GPL work!
As an author of free software, this would *piss me off*. That's why I use
It's all very nice mixing and matching, but I for one use the GPL for a
reason. I don't want my code winding up in someone else's product that may
or may not be free at some stage down the line -- I want it to stay free.
Does anyone have more details of what exactly was copied? RMS says:
In addition, in some cases code was copied into KDE from existing
GPL-covered modules whose copyright holders had not given special
permission. (Only the copyright holders can give extra permission to do
things that the GPL does not permit.) That is a real violation of the
GPL. Because of this, and the overall lack of an explicit exception,
the legal status of KDE remained clouded.
And the KDE response says:
There are only two parts of KDE that have GPLed code not written
explicitely for KDE -- a small bit in kmidi and a few lines in
I wonder how many lines exactly? And were they "deep magic" lines or
"i++; return i;" ;) ??
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