[squeak-dev] Re: what is holding back Smalltalk?

Randal L. Schwartz merlyn at stonehenge.com
Fri Nov 21 14:07:16 UTC 2008

>>>>> "Janko" == Janko Mivšek <janko.mivsek at eranova.si> writes:

Janko> Please excuse me but I need to support Paolo here. In sense that he
Janko> doesn't stick blindfuly to those license issues while you do. Again and
Janko> again. Please stop dividing Smalltalk world with such actions. Squeak
Janko> is/will be MIT, GNU Smalltalk is LGPL. OK, that is, don't expose your
Janko> anti-whatever license bias again and again. For the Smalltalk as a
Janko> whole sake. Please.

Please stop mischaracterising this as a license "bias" or telling me to not
perform my duty to ensure a clean license for Squeak.  I truly do not want
disharmony on this issue.  But the lawyers (especially for the FSF) would
differ on that, and that would be a serious mess.  Best to do the right thing
now, and not have to face a meltdown later.

The Squeak community chose Apache2.  The GST authors chose GPL/LGPL.  I
support both of those choices completely.  But it means that while code could
freely flow from Squeak to GST, the opposite is *an unknown needless risk*.
That's all i've ever argued on this.  And any comment to the contrary deserves
my clarification again.

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