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UserLinux *Will* Support KDE

UserLinux *Will* Support KDE

Here is his e-mail to the list in full:

Bruce Perens bruce at perens.com
Sat Jan 31 18:00:44 PST 2004


>It's easy and democratic, and the reasons to exclude any QT-based
>application in UserLinux are absolutely fair: it is NOT FREE SOFTWARE
>and doesn't fit the license requirements of the distribution.
>

No, let's please not propogate this confusion.

Qt is free software, and has been for a long time now. It's GPL-ed. It used to be non-free by the Debian guidelines several years ago, that has been taken care of to my satisfaction.

It doesn't fit our licensing policies, not because it's not free, but for the same reason MySQL doesn't - it's putting the GPL in a place where we would prefer to put the LGPL so that proprietary development can take place without a commercial license.

Troll Tech uses dual licensing as a revenue strategy. They have a right to do so, and they are entirely within the ethos of the free software community in doing so.

I already have a customer asking for Perens LLC to provide commercial support for KDE on the UserLinux platform. And we will do so, even though KDE is not the chosen GUI of the UserLinux project. This is an option for any UserLinux service provider.

Thanks

Bruce

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