Re: Mutter with proprietary OpenGL/ES library ??

I am wondering if it is the same case.

The GPL v2 has the following exception.

However, as a special exception, the source code distributed need not include anything that is normally distributed (in either source or binary form) with the major components (compiler, kernel, and so on) of the operating system on which the executable runs, unless that component itself accompanies the executable.

Is proprietary OpenGL/ES libraries applied by this exception?

On Fri, Jul 10, 2009 at 4:03 AM, Dominic Lachowicz <domlachowicz gmail com> wrote:
No. You really don't. The GPL has exceptions for precisely this reason.

On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 10:46 PM, Joone Hur<joone kldp org> wrote:
> If we use GNOME Shell on embedded devices, we need a GPL licensed OpenGL/ES
> library (HW accelerated). The problem is that we didn't find this kind of
> library.
> Chipset vendors don't provide a GPL licensed OpenGL/ES library.
> On Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 3:29 PM, Dominic Lachowicz <domlachowicz gmail com>
> wrote:
>> 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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