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Re: samba license change



On Tue, 2007-10-09 at 08:33 -0500, Rex Dieter wrote:
> Ville Skyttä wrote:
> 
> > On 10/3/07, Simo Sorce <ssorce redhat com> wrote:
> >> Samba has changed it's license from GPLv2+ to GPLv3+
> >> The license change affects version 3.2.0 (still a pre-release now).
> >> In F-8 we will still have 3.0.X so the change affects F-9
> > 
> > Looks like KDE may suffer from this, both kdebase and kdebase4 are
> > labeled GPLv2 (no "+").
> 
> Yep, kde is stuck at GPLv2 for now(1), so looks like smb support will have
> to be dropped, at least temporarily.

Would it be a problem for Samba team to make an exception from the
license for KDE? At least for 3.2.0? It might be unlikely that it would
hapen, and me, as non-lawyer, know nothing about the legal implications,
but that might be one of ways to ensure availability of quality free
software.

> (1) qt is GPLv2, trolltech is evaluating GPLv2+ or GPLv3, but that's all
> behind closed doors with no visible movement.  There is a proposal within
> kde to move to (L)GPLv2+.  All of this is slow, tedious work, often
> blocking on lawyers, and we all know how fast they are.
> 
> -- Rex
> 
-- 
Lubomir Kundrak (Red Hat Security Response Team)


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