libsim licensing (and bfd by extension)

Mike Frysinger vapier@gentoo.org
Wed May 5 05:04:00 GMT 2010


On Tuesday 04 May 2010 23:12:28 Daniel Jacobowitz wrote:
> On Tue, May 04, 2010 at 07:52:14PM -0400, Mike Frysinger wrote:
> > does this have any chance of happening ?  or should i just say screw it
> > and post a toplevel sim/COPYING patch ;).
> 
> Pretty much, no.  The FSF is always very resistant to a GPL -> LGPL
> switch and you haven't given any reason that would fit the FSF's
> goals.  Also bits of sim are copyright others besides the FSF.

the open source group at my company has created an open source simulator in 
parallel to an older existing closed source simulator.  the purpose would be 
to get the proprietary closed source product to stop using its closed source 
simulator and convert to the open source sim.  but there isnt incentive to 
convert the rest of the product stack over to open source (yet?), and 
obviously linking in a GPL libsim wouldnt work in this situation.

oh well, we still have access to the GDB machine interface, so the end goal 
can still be accomplished albeit not as cleanly.  assuming we can still 
convince internal people to do the conversion.
-mike
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