dbus: Proposed relicense to MIT/X11

Michael Albinus michael.albinus at gmx.de
Thu Sep 20 01:44:01 PDT 2007

Ryan Lortie <desrt-0xnayjDhYQY at public.gmane.org> writes:

> On Wed, 2007-19-09 at 16:17 +0300, Kimmo Hämäläinen wrote:

>> Hi,


>> Just to make sure: Is the plan to drop the GPLv2 license too? I.e. move
>> all code to a single MIT/X11 license?
> The GPL code will be preserved in a few very small special cases.  In
> specific: we have two .c files (one in test/ and one in tools/) that
> contain GPL code.
> The main parts of dbus (the library and bus daemon) will be available
> under straight-up MIT/X11 (again with some very small exceptions: we
> have some code from other sources under very similar but non-identical
> licenses).  There will be no GPL code here.
> Of course, everyone is free to take the MIT/X11 parts and include them
> in their GPL or LGPL-licensed program (either by linking or copy-paste).
> It's even possible for someone to fork dbus after the relicense and make
> all future versions of their fork effectively available under only the
> GPL (by introducing GPL-only code).

I'm currently writing a D-BUS integration into GNU Emacs. Sounds to me
like I can stop the project, GNU Emacs is GPLv3 licensed. I do not
plan to make any fork of dbus code.

Or do libdbus and libdbus-glib count as system libraries, where other
license models apply?

> Cheers

Best regards, Michael.

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