|| ||Bruce Perens <bruce-AT-perens.com>|
|| ||discuss-AT-lists.userlinux.com, jpierre-AT-cantv.net|
|| ||Re: [Discuss] xlibs based UI|
|| ||Sat, 31 Jan 2004 18:00:44 -0800|
>It's easy and democratic, and the reasons to exclude any QT-based
>application in UserLinux are absolutely fair: it is NOT FREE SOFTWARE
>and doesn't fit the license requirements of the distribution.
No, let's please not propogate this confusion.
Qt is free software, and has been for a long time now. It's GPL-ed. It used
to be non-free by the Debian guidelines several years ago, that has been
taken care of to my satisfaction.
It doesn't fit our licensing policies, not because it's not free, but for
the same reason MySQL doesn't - it's putting the GPL in a place where we
would prefer to put the LGPL so that proprietary development can take place
without a commercial license.
Troll Tech uses dual licensing as a revenue strategy. They have a right to
do so, and they are entirely within the ethos of the free software
community in doing so.
I already have a customer asking for Perens LLC to provide commercial
support for KDE on the UserLinux platform. And we will do so, even though
KDE is not the chosen GUI of the UserLinux project. This is an option for
any UserLinux service provider.
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