[squeak-dev] Re: Swazoo - LGPL or MIT?

Colin Putney cputney at wiresong.ca
Sat Mar 22 20:13:05 UTC 2008

On 22-Mar-08, at 11:46 AM, Philippe Marschall wrote:

> I don't see how money has anything to do with with. Even charging for
> GPL software is ok by anybody including the FSF.

I wasn't implying any license violation. I was noting that with Cincom  
distributing Seaside, it would be nice to know whether they're using  
the MIT license from the original distribution, or bundling it with  
the rest of VW under the NC or commercial licenses. AFAICT, they  
haven't specified, perhaps because their pricing scheme means that it  
really doesn't matter, at least for the purposes of running Seaside on  

But imagine the following scenarios:

I want to port Seaside to some new Smalltalk, and I find it's most  
convenient to start from the VW version. Can I now distribute the port  
with an MIT license?

Cincom decides to stop including Seaside in VW, and make a separate  
product that includes both a VM and Seaside-optimized image. If I  
already have a license for VW, can I extract Seaside from that product  
and just run it on VW?

I've created a product that includes a web-based component, which I  
created by modifying the version of Seaside that ships with VW. Can I  
sell that product under a comercial license?

I hope VW 7.6 will explicitly specify the licensing terms for Cincom's  
port of Seaside, so that the above questions can be answered.


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