Subject Re: [IBO] Open Source Marathon
Author Paul Schmidt

On 6 May 2001, at 16:32, Dietrich Schulten wrote:

> "Paul Schmidt" <paul@...> schrieb:
> > The GPL only comes into effect if the resulting executable contains
> > some GPL binary code.
> Precisely. MPL 1.1 style dual license (Marathon PL and LGPL) is
> probably the key to this issue.
> If Marathon were GPL'd, and let's say Jason wanted to integrate
> Marathon sources into IBO, he couldn't do this unless he GPL'd IBO,
> too.
> On the other hand, if Marathon came with an MPL 1.0 style single
> license, and someone wrote a GPL program and he wanted to use Marathon
> sources, he couldn't do this, because Marathon would be incompatible
> with the GPL. Interbase has this kind of problem. It is incompatible
> with GPL.


Well, if Marathon had a Marathon Public Licence, that was written
without being GPL compatable, then that's too bad, he/she might
learn something from writing his own code, rather then poaching
someone elses. The biggest problem with the GPL, is that it was
written by liberal academics, and is easily the most restrictive
licence on earth. This is because it gives you only one option, an
option that results in many projects dying, because the developer got
too busy, and then gave up on it. The most popular O/S program is
easily Sendmail, it was developed by one programmer, who then
abandonned it when he graduated, it was picked up by another, then
another, and then the original developer came back, and then
commercial company was formed to look after it.

As for IBO, the real question is, whether the GPL is compatable with
it, since marathon uses it.


Ah, that's better, I don't care one tenth as much about the Marathon
sources as I do the IBO sources, because if a client machine has a
problem and the client is dead in the water, then I don't need to
wait until Jason fixes it, I can at least attempt to fix it myself.


> If you have an MPL style dual license (Marathon PL and LGPL), both
> needs are covered, Marathon could be used with GPL and with non-GPL
> software.
> That's what I wanted to point out.
> Greetings,
> Dietrich
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Paul Schmidt,
Tricat Technologies
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