beware GNU Smalltalk if you want to contribute to squeak

Paolo Bonzini bonzini at
Wed Jan 16 15:52:54 UTC 2008

> But the point is that MIT allows 
> that easy kind of reuse whereas (L)GPL places unreasonable restrictions 
> on reuse and sharing[*]. To me, for example it's not clear whether the 
> amount of rewrite you did for GST would be considered "enough" by the 
> FSF to avoid legal troubles (personally I would doubt it since RMS seems 
> to have a very restrictive view on these issues).

I can ask.  In fact I already asked an opinion on a few things that 
started from this thread.

> [*] Seriously, do *you* understand the (L)GPL enough to explain what one 
> would have to do in practice to satisfy its requirements if one would 
> try to use code licensed under it in Squeak?

Leave access to a browser (in Squeak probably the Monticello Browser 
too, in GNU Smalltalk the REPL would suffice).  The idea is that the 
Smalltalk monolithic image is comparable to a statically linked binary 
(heresy I know...).


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