License for 4.4

Auke Kok sofar at
Fri Jan 5 08:36:59 CET 2007

Biju Chacko wrote:
> Hi,
> I think we should change the text of all GPL licensed components in XFCE 
> to GPL v2 only. This will allow us to move to GPL3 once we see a 
> consensus in the community to move to GPL3. Otherwise we will be 
> automatically switched when GPL3 is released.
> I don't want to get into a license flamewar, but in my opinion we should 
> only move to GPL3 when several other big projects have done so. I don't 
> think any of us know enough about it, but I think it would be safer to 
> go along with the majority of the community is doing.

I second this, and we can still switch to include gplv3 in case we *do* think it's a 
good thing.

I suggest using the following text to indicate it in source code:


This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
under the terms and conditions of the GNU General Public License,
version 2, as published by the Free Software Foundation.


which is as close as it gets to the default header, and specifically points to v2 only. 
Not sure how this would be for Lgpl exactly though.



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