Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Jul 2005 14:00 UTC, submitted by Timothy R. Butler
GNU, GPL, Open Source Tim Butler knew when he mentioned something negative about the GNU Project's General Public License (GPL), in his column on KDE last week, he would inevitably be accused of arguing the GPL was a bad license. What did not fit into that piece shall now be dealt with: is the GPL a bad license or is the issue he complained about something else?
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ralph
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2005-07-10

People, get a grip and please read the article.

The author makes a pretty good case on why he thinks Qt being under the GPL is bad for KDE. Mind you, he doesn't argue the GPL itself is bad, on the contrary, a large part of the article consists of a very good case in favor of the GPL.

He simply argues that the GPL is not suited for libraries that have to compete against other libraries that do essentially the same but aren't licensed under the GPL. This, as he rightly points out, was the reason why we have the LGPL.

Now please, agree with him, disagree with him, whatever, but please stop your little troll gettogether.

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Lumbergh Member since:
2005-06-29

The author makes a pretty good case on why he thinks Qt being under the GPL is bad for KDE. Mind you, he doesn't argue the GPL itself is bad, on the contrary, a large part of the article consists of a very good case in favor of the GPL.

KDE fanboys would rather the issue of Qt being GPL just not be discussed in public. In private, and I discussed this with a prominent KDE developer a couple years ago, they do realize that despite the technical superiority of KDE over Gnome, Qt being GPL basically evens out the score. The KDE developer I discussed it with admitted that in the long run the Qt license being GPL might be a problem for KDE.

KDE fanboys tend to be so blinded by their religion that they don't want to admit that what is in Trolltech's business interests doesn't necessarily jibe with what is in KDE's interest. But what do you expect with people that are so willing to subcumb to groupthink.

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