[squeak-dev] 4.0 Announcement?
Randal L. Schwartz
merlyn at stonehenge.com
Tue Mar 16 19:58:24 UTC 2010
>>>>> "John" == John M McIntosh <johnmci at smalltalkconsulting.com> writes:
John> A web page summarizing the state of the license effort would be helpful.
Relatedly we continue to work with the Software Freedom Conservancy to
finalize issues related to our joining this organization. We are hopeful
of completing this not long after Squeak 4.0 is released as this release is
essential to the process
The Squeak Oversight Board plans to finalize the multi-year effort of
re-licensing Squeak. Squeak 4.0 is scheduled to be released on Monday,
March 15th, 2010 and will be licensed under the MIT License with some
original parts remaining under the Apache License. This release will be
functionally equivalent to the previous 3.10.2 release. Current development
work will be released as 4.1 as soon as possible following the release of
Our discussions with the Software Freedom Conservancy continues and
progress is occurring, if slowly at times. Right now we are clarifying
the exact wording regarding the licensing of the 4.0 release. Squeak was
originally released under a license written by Apple that we refer to as
the Squeak License.
In 2006 Apple agreed to relicense the final release of Squeak from Apple
(1.1) under the Apple Public Source License. After further thoughts and
discussions this was decided to be a less than optimal choice and Apple
agreed to relicense the release, this time under the Apache License.
Since that time work has been going on to solicit agreement from Squeak
contributors to relicense all subsequent contributions under the MIT
License. The result now is that parts of the image that are clearly
descendants from the 1.1 release are under the Apache License and more
recent contributions are under the MIT License. These two licenses are
The question is whether we can simply say ‘MIT License’ or have to say
something like ‘parts under the Apache License with the remainder under
the MIT License’. We are awaiting guidance from SFC on this issue. Once
we sort that out we will be announcing the intent to officially release a
version under the new licensing conditions as widely as possible with the
goal of ensuring that all contributors to Squeak are aware of the change.
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