Subject: Re: what was the point?
From: "Karsten M. Self" <>
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 16:18:40 -0700
Thu, 25 Oct 2001 16:18:40 -0700
on Thu, Oct 25, 2001 at 06:23:56PM -0400, John Cowan ( wrote:
> scripsit:
> > the original situation was with regard to linking GPL software. when
> > you redistribute GPL software linked with other software, the other
> > software must be GPL licensed as well.
> No, it has to be freely distributable, not GPL.  A compiled Linux
> kernel is GPL, and so are most of its parts, but some are under the
> BSD, which is fine because that is a free distribution license that
> imposes no extra restrictions above the GPL.

Pedantically, it's John's last condition that's crucial:  a GPL
compatible license must impose no restrictions not present in the GPL


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