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SubjectRe: Linus Speaks About KDE-Bashing
koenig@tat.physik.uni-tuebingen.de (Harald Koenig)  wrote on 13.07.98 in <19980713133856.E14713@tat.physik.uni-tuebingen.de>:

> On Jul 12, Kai Henningsen wrote:
>
> > The GPL is pretty explicit about this. You can use Motif *if and only if*
> > Motif comes with your OS, or with your C compiler.
> >
> > You can use Qt under the exact same conditions.
> >
> > Problem is, lots of OSes come with Motif, pretty few come with Qt (ISTR
> > SuSe and that's it?).
> >
> > That is, on a system where you don't get Motif libs with either the OS or
> > the C compiler, a Motif-linked Emacs is in violation of the GPL - to name
> > an example using neither KDE nor Qt.
>
> so I'm not allowed to build a Motif-linked Emacs with Linux because
> SuSE doesn't ship Motif by default but I have to buy Motif separately ?
> please get real :-(( this is not what at least I understand as _free_
> software!

I may have been unclear there. You're not allowed to distribute the
resulting binary to anybody in the same position. On your own machine, do
whatever you want to.

Or at least that's what I believe.

> I'm really disappointed (read: pissed off!) how this whole flaming thread
> is going on and how advocating around GPL is used to fight _against_
> a free software project :-(( not to talk about the giant waste of
> man power by every such long ongoing `discussion'...

That's always been the whole point of the GPL - not only making something
free, but enforcing that on whatever it touches. I don't always like it,
either.

> just FYI: you're collecting more and more points why I personally
> don't like GPL anymore and probably won't use it in the future for
> some sort of projects. might be that others think similar and you're

Me, for example - except I too think that using Qt was a really dumb move.
Hopefully Harmony will fix that.

MfG Kai

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