License question for libipfw/libiptb and libipq
Wed, 04 Jul 2001 09:48:59 -0400
James Morris wrote:
>On Tue, 3 Jul 2001, Yannick Koehler wrote:
>> That is my first post to this list and I'd like to apologize in
>>advance if I'm either posting it in the wrong list (netdev or
>>netdev-devel) or that the question has been ask many time and people get
>>tired of reading it again.
>> I'd like to know if it's possible to have package of userspace
>>libraries libipfw/libiptb and libipq with a LGPL license?
>> In short we want to do non-free software that will control the
>>firewall of linux using those libraries under 2.2/2.4 kernels and I'd
>>like to know if it's a possibility or not.
>I can only speak authoratitively for libipq, which will likely not be
>useful for your project without the other libraries.
>This is a difficult issue. On one hand, I'd like to see as many people as
>possible make use of the software, but I'm also concerned that issuing
>the library under the LGPL may discourage developers from contributing
>to the code once it is under that license. In my view, releasing
>libraries under the GPL ensures the rights of future developers, and by
>extension, the community.
>Unless there are any other very strongly convincing arguments, I'd have to
>say no (even if somewhat reluctantly).
Thanks for the answer, I really like getting fast feedback. As I
mentionned to Thomas and Rusty, I'll have to go a different road then.
Thank you very much for the provided feedback.