Re: [dev] [license] gpl issues

From: Storkman <>
Date: Sat, 6 May 2023 21:16:36 +0200

On Thu, May 04, 2023 at 09:05:39AM +0100, Ray Garner wrote:
> Hi
> I've been using suckless tools such as dwm and st for a while now and
> think theyre great, my question is to do with software licenses.
> I'm curious about licensing and was wondering why suckless tools are
> released under MIT rather than an alternative like GPL. Is it just to make
> it compatible with more other software?

Since I'm a hobbyist programmer and not a hobbyist lawyer, I just go by word count.
If nothing else, it's a 100% objective standard.
My current best choice is 0-clause BSD, which beats MIT by about 60 words.

> Also, the GPL is included on the on the list of harmful software but
> without explanation. Does anyone here know if its considered harmful for
> compatability reasons or something else?
> Anyway, thanks for the programs.
> Cheers
> Ray

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