Re: Licensing and the library version of git

From: Petr Baudis <>
Date: 2006-07-27 23:11:27
Dear diary, on Thu, Jul 27, 2006 at 02:54:54PM CEST, I got a letter
where Jon Smirl <> said that...
> In general libraries should be licensed LGPL to avoid the license
> incompatibility problem. A GPL library forces the main app to be GPL
> too.

But really another main app here (Git) is ending up in the library.

You can still always use the "Git ABI" - the commands. Or you could try
having a GPL'd "Git/Eclipse toolkit" which would reduce the barrier to
only single exec per Git invocation or something, but it would be
probably somewhat tricky on the derived works playground.

> You may like trying to force GPL onto the app but many apps are
> stuck with the license they have and can't be changed since there is
> no way to contact the original developers.

At this point, git-shortlog lists exactly 200 people (at least entries
like Unknown or No name are all ;-).

				Petr "Pasky" Baudis
Snow falling on Perl. White noise covering line noise.
Hides all the bugs too. -- J. Putnam
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Received on Thu Jul 27 23:12:04 2006

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