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Re: [Tinycc-devel] Do we want a BSD license for tinycc?

From: Daniel Glöckner
Subject: Re: [Tinycc-devel] Do we want a BSD license for tinycc?
Date: Thu, 2 May 2013 13:28:52 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2009-06-14)

Hi Rune,

On Thu, May 02, 2013 at 10:37:58AM +0000, address@hidden wrote:
> From my perspective I'd like to skip the additional worry about which
> programs can be linked to which libraries and "how".

if you are a packager, why do you have to worry about that?
I mean, if you still have the possibility to chose which library to
link to, most of the time the program is already (L)GPL compatible.
And if you always use the shared library, there is never a problem
with LGPL.

> I dislike dynamic linking for technical reasons (too much complexity,
> artificial limitations and side effects, many times for no gain). Then,
> I dislike licenses which force me to use inferior/inappropriate technical
> means.

Can you elaborate on that? Aside from some people not understanding
how to use SONAMEs (Tegra 2 libjpeg.so binary blob...), I've never had
problems with shared libraries. Off the top of my head I remember three
cases where shared libs were superior:

 - Libgcc for ARM once had a bug in the division routine. If all
   applications had linked to the shared library, it would have
   been enough to replace just a single file.

 - Libpng has multiple times been updated because a vulnerability
   had been found in the code. And guess what, Firefox per default
   links statically to its own copy of libpng, so you have to
   replace Firefox as well.

 - I once had to squeeze ISC DHCP into a little NOR flash but each
   of the applications was linked statically to several ISC libraries
   and it appeared like no code was discarded during linking.
   It all magically fit once I persuaded the build process to create
   and use shared libraries.
> BSD license makes the software easier to package / deliver, which
> can make a big difference in certain cases.

Btw., how do you at Aetey manage to provide the source code for the
(L)GPL software you host?

Best regards,


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