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RE: [Xouvert-general] License question

From: David Ross
Subject: RE: [Xouvert-general] License question
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2003 20:01:35 -0700

Perhaps code the code could be put under a "dual license".  But when I
read the xfree license it seemed to me to be more "open" than the
GPL--but that was just a glance.


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Of Massimo Santoro
Sent: 2003 August 18 7:25 PM
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Subject: Re: [Xouvert-general] License question

On Tuesday 19 August 2003 02:25, William Lahti wrote:

> I would like it to be GPLed too, but that would hinder our ability to 
> recontribute the code back to XFree86.

This is the major problem in forking & changing license to GPL. Changing

license to GPL would make the fork even "worse", but what I was
wondering if 
this "worse" would be really bad or not for a faster and better
of a graphical system for un*x machines.

IMHO two things might happen if the "GPL way" is chosen:

1 - hypothesizing, in a not distant future, the development of Xouvers 
outclassing XFree86, this would probably reunite the projects again,
time under the GPL. The outclassing in software forks has many
(GCC/EGCS maybe the most famous one) and almost always a unique

2 - if things won't be "good" for Xouvert (developers and people not
interested therefore lack of interest in developing it), we will say "at

least we gave it a try" and being the Xouvert Team the "author" of the 
Xouvert project, can change license to X11 and "reunite" the projects
contributing back.

Therefore, unless the will of continuously donating sources to XFree86
strong among the Xouvert Team, I believe there is really chance to make

Massimo Santoro

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