Subject: Re: For Approval: GPLv3
From: Rick Moen <>
Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2007 10:32:07 -0700

Quoting Dag-Erling Smørgrav (

> You have a short memory, or maybe you weren't around when the GNOME
> project was started, or when Stallman later stabbed Trolltech in the
> back after they had spent considerable time and effort making their
> license GPL compatible...

Not that Trolltech ASA were in any way responsible for the KDE licensing 
blunder (they weren't, and remain with the Opera Software ASA staff my
second-favourite bunch of crazy Norwegians after my tante Bjorg and my
onkel Reidar[1]), but QPL 1.0 was very clearly, but tragically
GPLv2-incompatible: the patch clause, plus the initial-developer clause,
contravene section 2b.  This was pretty obvious to long-time
licensing-watchers (see:, but I
think Trolltech kept not quite grasping the underlying copyright /
derivative works issue.

I'm very sympathetic, and they took a great deal of undeserved flak for
a problem not of their making, but they were in fact simply incorrect
about QPL 1.0 being compatible.

[1] No slight intended to any other crazy Norwegians present.  ;->