[openbeos] Re: Hi from the PetrOS camp.

  • From: "Daniel Reinhold" <danielr@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2001 11:11:20 CST

>On Fri, 09 Nov 2001 01:03:23 -0500
>"Michael Phipps" <mphipps1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>MP> Umm - be careful here. GPL != MIT. GPL code can not (and will not) 
>MP> incorporated with
>MP> OBOS. It would certainly be possible to bundle GPL licensed apps 
>MP> Be did). However,
>MP> sharing code is a whole different matter. I don't think that you 
>MP> what I am warning 
>MP> against, Matthew (Matt?), but others might take your comment out 
>MP> context, so I want
>MP> to clarify that. :-) 
>I might have missed something here, so please is there anywhere I can 
>to know why MIT license instead of GPL?


The reason is this: if you take GPL code and change it, add to it, etc. 
and then distribute it, you have to release your source code as GPL as 
well. This is often referred to as the "viral" effect -- i.e. any code 
that touches GPL become GPL itself. We are shying away from this 
because there are many talented developers interested in commercial 
development who might avoid using/contributing to OpenBeOS if it was 
GPL. The MIT license, on the other hand, has no such requirements.

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