>>>>> "MRB" == Michael R Bernstein <Michael> writes:

    MRB> On 26 Jun 2001 10:30:06 -0400, Barry A. Warsaw wrote:
    >> >>>>> "JA" == Jerome Alet <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
    JA> For Zope it's not sure, but for Python, as well as for all
    JA> what people usually call "open source" languages, the license
    JA> of choice should be the GPL, or at least the LGPL, in order
    JA> for the language in question to not become bastardized by some
    JA> powerful entity.
    >> I think I'm accurately channeling Guido when I say that Python
    >> will never be GPL'd.  AFAIK, there is no GPL code even in the
    >> standard Python distribution.  Both of those states of affair
    >> are by conscious decision: regardless of what you think of the
    >> GPL (and I personally happen to believe it can be a good
    >> license for /some/ software, but not all) GPL'ing Python would
    >> be a very bad thing.  Guido has always intended for people to
    >> do whatever they want with Python, including using it in
    >> everything from closed source, proprietary, big-$$$ software to
    >> completely free software.

    MRB> I guess I don't understand how licensing Python under the GPL
    MRB> would prevent people from writing proprietary software in
    MRB> Python.

Here's a case in agreement with the above:

    There's a statistical language, "R", whose implementation is
GPL'd.  Recently, a research organization in Australia (who shall
remain nameless) starting selling a binary package for it to do
microarray analysis.  So, value-added software, and the question was
whether it violated the GPL.  Current thinking (as well as that of the
R-core team) was to state that if they wanted to profit, fine, as long
as they didn't build using GPLd header files (and the core team
promptly LGPL'd the headers).


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