[Qgis-developer] QGIS License (was Qt 4.X)
stevehalasz at gmail.com
Wed Sep 6 17:46:30 EDT 2006
On 9/6/06, Tim Sutton <tim at linfiniti.com> wrote:
> This is just my guess (since I wasnt there at the beginning) but....
> QGIS has morphed a lot since the beginning. The first version was a
> simple postgis browser with no plugins, no ideas to sepate into
> libraries that could be used to build other apps etc. In the scenario
> where your application is self contained the GPL probably makes more
> sense. When plugins and library reuse starts to come into play LGPL
> probably makes more sense.
> One thing I dont understand though: Isnt the Linux kernel releases
> under GPL? If so how do NVidia etc get away with making proprietry
> kernel modules?
Good point. It's all very muddy. This article suggests that binary
kernel modules are tolerated, but perhaps not explicitly allowed by
I support licensing QGIS under the LGPL. Hopefully it's not too late
to make a change.
> On 9/6/06, strk <strk at keybit.net> wrote:
> > On Sun, Aug 06, 2006 at 08:12:38AM -0800, Gary Sherman wrote:
> > > Well said. I think your theory has merit. I for one would like to see
> > > QGIS licensed such that proprietary extensions could be developed. My
> > Just a question,
> > why did you choose GPL when you started the project, then ?
> > --strk;
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