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Re: GNU readline and BSD license

From: Michael Alan Dorman <mdorman(at)debian(dot)org>
To: pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: GNU readline and BSD license
Date: 2000-12-30 01:51:03
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Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net> writes:
> If there is something functionally wrong with Readline then let's talk
> about it, but let's not replace it with something because some PHP dude
> said that RMS said something.

ncftp used to be for non-commercial use only and had hooks to be
linked against readline.  RMS threatened legal action, which caused
the developer to change the license to GPL, which was what RMS wanted.

So, whatever your opinion of his reasoning and motives, etc., it is
undoubtedly RMS's intention to use readline as a point of leverage to
get projects to go GPL.

Personally, I agree with him.  Many don't.


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