Re: [dev] [GENERAL] License manifest

From: Markus Wichmann <>
Date: Tue, 13 May 2014 20:19:01 +0200

On Mon, May 12, 2014 at 01:46:02PM -0600, Anthony J. Bentley wrote:
> Example: LibreCAD, a fork of QCad, which had been relicensed by the
> authoring company under the GPLv2. LibreCAD wanted to support AutoCAD's
> DWG file format. Unluckily for them, LibreDWG (a FSF project) is licensed
> GPLv3+, and the FSF refused to relicense. The GPL made the code so free
> they couldn't use it.
> Example: the SMB implementations in Samba (GPLv3+) and the Linux kernel
> (GPLv2), which literally cannot share even a single line of code. It's
> really fascinating that people seem to love the idea of a license that is
> so easily made incompatible with _itself_.

Amazing! Version incompatibilities in GPL! Well, it is an FSF product
(seriously, after Glibc and gcc both having version incompatibilities
and interdependencies, and binutils being in that mix, too, is it any
wonder more and more people grow tired of GNU-ware?)
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