[Biococoa-dev] license again
schristley at mac.com
Mon May 18 19:34:23 EDT 2009
Well as I mentioned before, I've been working to get BioCocoa provided
with Debian/Ubuntu automatically. I've been working with the debian-
med group. Anyways, they pointed out a license issue, but I
misunderstood the complete extent. I thought it was just an issue
that a couple of files had some funky licensing requirements which we
got cleaned up, but in fact Debian considers the Creative Commons V2.5
license to be non-free. Now this doesn't completely prevent us from
working with Debian, because we can be put into the non-free
repository, but I didn't think this was the intent of BioCocoa as it
really prevents it from being broadly distributed.
There is a newer Creative Commons V3.0 license which Debian does
consider to be free; however, there is apparently a conflict between
CC v3.0 and the GPL which doesn't allow them to be mixed. What a pain
huh?! One of the Debian maintainers pointed me to this where Creative
Commons themselves suggest not to use their license for software.
So the question I have, is there a specific reason for CC v2.5? The
switch occurred with V2.0 before my time, so I don't know if there was
a specific reason. Do we have any proprietary software that is using
I'm a GNU fan myself, so I consider the LGPL to be good, but there is
also the BSD licenses which are very lenient.
Let me know your thoughts.
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