License for 4.4

Bernhard Walle bernhard.walle at
Fri Jan 5 13:27:54 CET 2007


* Biju Chacko <botsie at> [2007-01-05 08:19]:
> 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.

No, nothing is "automatically switched". Xfce stays GPLv2, the "or
later" clause only means that somebody can re-license it under GPLv3
which basically means that he is able to include the source code in a
GPLv3 project.

> 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.

Although I personally like the idea of GPLv2 only, I think that's not
possbile. Xfce contains patches from many contributors, and you cannot
change the license later without having acknowledges of every single

F: Wie viele Microsoft-Leute braucht man um eine Glühbirne zu wechseln?
A: Vier. Der erste ersetzt die Birne, der zweite ändert die Fassung, so dass
Netscape-Glübirnen nicht reinpassen. Der dritte baut eine Kurzschlussautomatik
ein, die ausgelöst wird, wenn jemand eine Glühbirne von Sun einsetzen will. Und
der vierte überzeugt das amerikanische Justizministerium, dass das alles fairer
Wettbewerb ist.
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