PROPOSAL: licensing guidelines

Keld Jørn Simonsen
Wed May 17 08:47:41 PDT 2000

On Wed, May 17, 2000 at 03:54:40PM +0200, Maurizio De Cecco wrote:
> Erik Troan <ewt at> writes:
> > >    - Clause 9. License Must Not Contaminate Other Software.
> > > 
> > >       While using the GPL for libraries is conformant with this OSD
> > >       requirement, we do not want the runtime linking of any GPL
> > >       libraries to be required for conformance with our standards.
> The standard define the API, while the licence cover the implementation, right ?
> Should this then translate that the standard should include only library APIs for which
> at least one Open Source that is not GPL implementation exists ?
> Who is going to explain this to Mr. Stallman ?

I do not think we can exclude GPL as an open source license.
And we should not exclude GPL-ed sources as reference implementations.
If we do, we do not have a kernel, as the Linux kernel is GPL. 


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