[packagekit] Compilation error

Tom Parker palfrey at tevp.net
Thu Oct 11 03:35:44 PDT 2007

On 11/10/2007, Matej Cepl <mcepl at redhat.com> wrote:
> (and I would ask the author of the apt backend, whether he is
> serious about it -- this may be just a mistake on his side, and
> it would make a life easier, but that's not that importnat).

Somewhat. I'm not fond of dual-licensing, because of the inherent
problem that a later user will decide that they only want to license
under one of the licenses and any changes they make can't then be
easily folded back into the earlier dual-licensed upstream code. I
like the GPL because it effectively says "you get all this stuff for
free, but if you fix stuff we want the changes back", and as I see it
dual-licensing can potentially get in the way of that.

I'm presuming there's probably various other people on here with
strong opinions on this, and although there's part of me that wants to
avoid licensing discussions, I figure we need to decide on a licensing
policy for PackageKit in general. As I see it, the GPLv2+ licensing
boilerplate tends to be a kinda default choice (assuming the original
coder likes the GPL licenses), and we need to talk about whether
that's what we want.


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