Re: Mutter with proprietary OpenGL/ES library ??

IANAL, but I think that this falls under the "System Libraries" and
"Standard Interface" exceptions. It's why you can distribute GPL'd
software on top of non-Free platforms (eg. Win32, .NET, Java until
fairly recently, ...)

On Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 10:22 AM, Colin Walters<walters verbum org> wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 11:23 PM, Joone Hur<joone kldp org> wrote:
>> Hello All,
>> Mutter(Metacity+Clutter) is very impressive technology.
>> However, Mutter seems hard  to be used on embedded devices.
>> Because Metacity uses GPL license and most of HW accelerated OpenGL/ES
>> library use a proprietary license.
> First, I'm not a lawyer.  Now, a question - would the "generic
> interface" exception cover this?  As I understand it, that's where
> it's not "linking" if A is using B through a mechanism that's not
> specific to B at all, and can be replaced with C and D.
> Now that Mutter is more of a library (in addition to an application)
> it would probably make sense for it to be LGPL to fit in with the rest
> of GNOME libraries, except that, well, relicensing is hell...  If
> someone wants this to happen, they need to actively drive it (and have
> lots of patience), or find someone who will.
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