On Sat, 25 Sep 2004 18:44:49 +0100, Finlay Dobbie <finlay@...> wrote:
> You can. It's just not totally straightforward.
No, you can't. The link you referenced is how to *modify* the GPL to
allow us to link against incompatible licenses. Obviously, to
relicense Gaim, we'd need the consent of all its copyright holders
(there are more than 186 of this writing). Thankfully, we needn't ask
them all, because I'll step right up and be the first to deny
permission to ever relicense it.
> I'm sorry, but this just goes to show how incredibly retarded the GPL
> is as a software license. Not that I want to get into a flame war on
> this issue, but the fact that you're having to entirely re-implement
> ZeroConf despite the fact there is already a working implementation
> available under a free software license. Because, you know, that's so
> like totally going to change the world for the better.
Of course, if Apple released it under a GPL-compatible license to
begin with, that problem wouldn't exist. And because they didn't, now
there *is* a GPL-compatible Rendezvous implementation available to
everybody, which has totally changed the world for the better.