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Re: [Tinycc-devel] License is too restrictive for real-world use.

From: Stephan Beal
Subject: Re: [Tinycc-devel] License is too restrictive for real-world use.
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2016 11:51:49 +0100

On Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 11:08 AM, John B <address@hidden> wrote:
There is a real impact to the time it takes to build something.  Yes I do have an idea where I can apply a modified version of tinycc.  Honestly though? I can think of a trillion different ways I can use it as well if not for idea # 1.  So another part of it is flexibility.  And more over I really hate that you guys put a lot of work into this and it remains in perpetual toy status because people are afraid of lgpl.  There is after all, a reason other open source licenses exist.

AFAIR, the license cannot be changed without approval from every single copyright holder. Even if 99% agreed and one person held out, you're out of luck. The LGPL is not truly viral - its infection stays within the code it is explicitly added to. If you're not willing to release your modifications of tcc under the LGPL, then you're out of luck, as it's exceedingly unlikely that TCC _could_ be relicensed at this point (i'm assuming at least one of the copyright-holding contributors is not reachable any longer).

----- stephan beal
"Freedom is sloppy. But since tyranny's the only guaranteed byproduct of those who insist on a perfect world, freedom will have to do." -- Bigby Wolf

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