Chad Perrin: SOB

15 October 2007

Do GNOME and Samba violate the terms of GPLv3?

Filed under: Geek — apotheon @ 09:32

Jaqui Greenlees has some interesting things to say about the new GPLv3. I’m not sure how it would play out in court, but according to him G.N.O.M.E. and Samba violate the terms of GNU-GPL Version 3.

Didn’t I hear somewhere that Richard Stallman actually uses the G.N.O.M.E. Desktop Environment? I guess he will have to remove his preferred ui to be in accordance with the GNU-GPL Version 3.

Technically — legally — he doesn’t, of course. It’s only when you start distributing code that a license like the GPL comes into play. On the other hand, if GNOME actually violates the terms of GPLv3, I’m sure Richard Stallman would be first in line to turn in his foot icons for a “compliant” GUI environment.

I should really give the official GPLv3 a closer look. I haven’t given it as close a look as I should since a proposed version or two ago. This sure has given me more reason to be interested in doing so.

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