beware GNU Smalltalk if you want to contribute to squeak

goran at goran at
Wed Jan 9 22:33:46 UTC 2008

Hi fellas!

Ahhh, some refreshing license discussions - nothing better to fire up
2008 with a BANG! :)

But on a more serious note - AFAIK Randal is in fact quite right. And
please do not downplay the importance of this. Andrew Greenberg (lawyer
and specialist in this area) long time ago warned us from mixing
licenses and creating a totally MESS of the legal situation. And he also
explained that the interpretation of GPL (and LGPL I think) in the
context of a reflective image based language/system like Squeak is
definitely not clear.

And yes, it is already quite complex - we definitely need to make sure
any contributions to "core Squeak" - being the images we distribute from and maintain cooperatively (discluding addon packages on
SqueakMap etc) - should stick to... (ehum, what is our last
recommendation here btw?).

And why does it matter? Well, let me tell you for one thing - it matters
a DAMN lot to OLPC for example.

regards, Göran

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