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Re: early review of RH 9 (Shrike)
Matthew Miller wrote:
It might be possible with enough money to get a license for any/all GPLed
software. This would result in a situation like that of QT -- if you want to
make proprietary software, you'd still have to buy your own license. This is
maybe improbable now, but as the technology gets older, it could happen.
No, the GPL prohibits such terms. Unless the software is completely
free of encumbrances, the GPL is not a suitable license for this software.
In order for software to be distributed under the GPL (not as Free
Software, but under the GPL specifically), the persons/parties to whom
you distribute the software must be able to legally distribute the
software without royalties.
If the software in question were BSD licensed, for instance, then Red
Hat could at least investigate the possibility of distributing without a
patent license, or licensing the patents. However, because the GPL
places a more strict set of requirements on distribution, it's not even
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