Re: Move to LGPL3

Mathias Hasselmann wrote:
Am Sonntag, den 16.03.2008, 07:49 +0100 schrieb Jean Bréfort:
Le samedi 15 mars 2008 à 21:43 +0100, Christian Persch a écrit :
Hi Jean;

Am Samstag, den 15.03.2008, 21:09 +0100 schrieb Jean Bréfort:
Hmm, and what will happen to applications using at least one GPLv2-only
This might indeed pose a problem, though I'm not sure how major it is. I
have to admit that it is however not a theoretical problem, since we
just found out that we do depend on one such library in Gnome: evince
uses libpoppler which is a fork of Xpdf, and it is GPL version 2 only.

Other affected projects are Goffice (GPL-v2 only) and all those which
depend on it, namely Gnumeric, Abiword, Gnucash and GChemUtils (the last
also use OpenBabel, another GPL-v2 only library). Seems that all the
projects I'm involved in would be affected. Some can be relicensed, but
probably not all, just because some previous contributors seem to have
disappeared from the earth surface.

I am really wondering what's the reason for FSF claiming, that programs
licenced GPL-2 only are not allowed to use LGPL-3 libraries. The LGPL-3
allows non-free, proprietary programs to use LGPL-3 libraries, but
excludes free software, licensed GPL-2 only? This sounds absurd to me!

It does say something about *GPL*, not about LGPL-3.
You know, "GPL-compatible license" thing. Freedom or
protection damn it.

This Gtk relicensing thing is funny, by the way.
Imagine this in a

PKG_CHECK_MODULES(GTK, gtk+-2.0 >= 2.6)
PKG_CHECK_MODULES(GTK_LEGAL, gtk+-2.0 < 2.16, [],
[AC_MSG_ERROR([sorry but I won't do it, ask Gtk folks if you
want to know why, I don't know why])])


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