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RE: [TSVN] To GPL or not to GPL

From: <Bill.Hughes_at_cgi-europe.com>
Date: 2005-08-22 13:03:48 CEST

Stefan Kng wrote:
> Rainer Mller wrote:
>>> So as you can see, no matter what license you choose, bad guys
>>> always will steal your work. But with a GPL, you keep the good guys
>>> from using it too because they're using another OS license (e.g.
>>> Apache license).
>> Hm, that's really complicated. But who will use the TSVN source code
>> under another license?
> Not the whole client perhaps, but part of our sourcecode (e.g. the
> crashhandler, some controls like our scintilla wrapper).

I prefer the GPL myself, but I haven't contributed code to TSVN.
The best known examples of a company taking open source code and making
proprietary versions must be Microsoft - they used the BSD tcp/ip stack and
then implemented their own version of kerberos. All legal of course with the
BSD license. Apple are getting some bad comments for their safari updates to
konqueror (iirc) being almost impossible to integrate back because of the
patch style - but I may be a little off base on this one, I did read it on

Has anybody considered using the LGPL instead of either the GPL or Apache
This would seem to remove some of the concerns over the terms of the GPL
while keeping others happy. Possibly a good compromise license?


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