License for 4.4

Bernhard Walle bernhard.walle at
Fri Jan 5 17:25:45 CET 2007

* Jean-François Wauthy <pollux at> [2007-01-05 17:13]:
> > 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.
> Not quite (at least according to Belgian laws), the GPL licence with the
> 'or later' mention lets the final user choose which version of the
> licence he wants to use v2, v3, ...
> It's a special case of contract called 'stipulation pour autrui'. If
> there are lawyers out here, please correct me if I'm wrong.

Yes, but 'automatic switch' sounds like Xfce would be 'GPL v3 only'
after GPL v3 is released. I consider this more as dual-licensing: v2
and v3 at your choice.

Pasteurs Theorie von Bazillen ist lächerliche Fiktion.
	-- Pierre Pachet, Professor der Physiologie in Toulouse (1872)
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