Re: Issues cooperation
- From: Richard Stallman <rms gnu org>
- To: federico ximian com
- Cc: foundation-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: Issues cooperation
- Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2002 10:02:29 -0500
3. ggobi: Listed under "Other" because its components have different
licences: AT&T Open Source License, GPL, BSD, LGPL. I don't know if
the AT&T one qualifies as free software.
I've checked, and it doesn't--that is what makes it a real issue.
4. Gibbon: Listed under "Other" because its components are a mixture of
LGPL and the phpShop license. I just skimmed through the latter very
quickly and I *think* it may have an advertising clause.
The advertising clause is incompatible with the GPL but does not make
the code non-free. So perhaps Gibbon is not a problem. I could tell
you for certain if you send me a copy of the phpShop license. The
license of php is ok, but that of phpShop may be something different.
Using Docbook as a standard instead of Texinfo is one example of
divergence on standards. GNOME developers did not discuss this issue
with me or even tell me that they were going to disregard a
long-established GNU standard--I found out only by accident. I
proposed a compromise to resolve the divergence, that using Docbook
for the source is ok if it can be converted automatically into a good
Just recently I heard that GNOME is telling people to use a program
called popt instead of GNU getopt; whether that raises any real issue,
I don't know yet, but I hope we can have discussions before such
decisions in the future.
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