SN backend GPL or LGPL? (was: SourceNav release...)
Wed Feb 13 11:25:00 GMT 2002
On Wed, 13 Feb 2002 13:38:26 -0500 Robert Hartley <email@example.com> wrote:
> What I was trying to ask is if we made the back end of SN a shared library,
> libSNdb.so, would every thing that linked to this library have to be GPL'd or
> would the library be able to be treated as a LGPL work?
This would require a change to the licensing, which probably
> "Davies, Mike" wrote:
> > > What if we had some sort of Corba type middle ware that provided a
> > > decent distributed API, without actually linking the code in.
> > > Would any
> > > application that connected to it still be bound by the GPL?
> > Any changes you made to the Sourcenav Code would be GPLed and you would have
> > to provide them in the usual ways, however it seems to me that any
> > application that used the CORBA interface would be effectively dynamically
> > linked to it and so might escape the GPL.
> > > I am trying to find out here if there is any room for commercial
> > > developers to contribute to SN. It would be a shame to let
> > > it all go to
> > > waste.
> > Well, many commercial firms contribute to GPLed SW, there is nothing
> > stopping you from doing that. If you are trying to make a proprietry
> > version of SourceNav then this is prohibited by the licence. That is quite
> > apart from the implications for the feelings of people who contributed their
> > efforts freely for the common good.
> > Mike Davies
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