beware GNU Smalltalk if you want to contribute to squeak

Janko Mivšek janko.mivsek at
Wed Jan 9 12:05:15 UTC 2008

I agree with Diego here and I'd like to ask Randal to stop spreading 
fear here and start treat licenses in spirit first, then by the letter. 
And in spirit I think GPL (and especially LGPL for Smalltalk case) is 
just fine. So, please, keep us out of those license wars. Those wars are 
not ours!

Best regards

Diego Fernández wrote:
> Sorry but the subject of this mail sounds like FUD to me.
> The Smalltalk community is really small, and Pablo Bonzini (the 
> maintainer of GST) is also very active on this list.
> If I want to port something from GST to Squeak is very simple: I talk to 
> Pablo and the community of GST (which is usually is part of the Squeak 
> community too) and create a package with LGPL license (or LGPL/MIT or 
> whatever)... so I can use it both in Squeak and GST, no big deal. (in 
> SqueakMap there is a lot of packages with LGPL license).
> We are people that can talk each other, not robots driven by license rules.
> Regards
> Diego
> On Jan 8, 2008, at 7:34 PM, Randal L. Schwartz wrote:
>> Basically, keep in mind that GNU Smalltalk is GPL, and therefore,
>> incompatible with Squeak's license.  Oops.  Don't look inside.  Keep
>> a safe "clean-room" distance from any code in GST.
>> Also posted on
>> <>. 
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Janko Mivšek
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