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Re: Compatibility between Apache and GPL licenses

From: Mark Phippard <markphip_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-05-29 23:54:12 CEST

On 5/29/07, Karl Fogel <kfogel@red-bean.com> wrote:
> Alexander Thomas <alexander@collab.net> writes:
> > I'm developing a product called NaughtySVN (www.naughtysvn.org),
> > similar to TSVN but in Linux (GNOME/Nautilus). Presently its under
> > Apache-style license, but ppl suggest me to move to GPL because its
> > expected to use more and more GPL based tools/libraries.
> >
> > Frankly I don;t understand much about the license and for me its all
> > about fun, But I don;t want myself to land-up in mess. So can anyone tell me
> > how compatible is Apache license with GPL and its variants? Is it
> > advisable to mix-up Apache and GPL or any other opensource licenses?
> The easiest solution might be probably to use one of the permissive
> GPL-compatible licenses, such as the MIT/X license or the (modern) BSD
> license. See http://producingoss.com/html-chunk/license-choosing.html.

Alex, are the libraries GPL or LGPL? It might make a difference.
Obviously to integrate with Nautilus and GNOME you are using the GTK
and other libraries. I thought these were all LGPL. For example
Eclipse uses GTK and has an Apache type license. They also have a lot
of lawyers that have reviewed the licenses to make those decisions.

If you really want to use GPL code, I think you would need a different
license. If all of the code is LGPL, I think you will probably be OK,
but might want to switch to the actual Apache-2 license.

Mark Phippard
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