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Could Ensim's WEBppliance be GPL?
Maybe!
nickp



 
Msg#: 413 posted 2:10 am on Jun 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

I have been mulling this over for a while. After reviewing the licensing of the webppliance I found out that many of the bundled software was licensed under GPL. I reviewed the GPL license and from my interpretation this bundling makes the entire project GPL. Also, it would have to be considered a separate work. But, I cannot imagine that Webppliance could be considered a separate work because if you removed all the GPL components it would have no function.
I emailed Ensim about it, along with a request for the source code per the standard GPL requirement. They responded, "Although we understand your interpretation of the GPL licensing, we do not agree with it."

I would like to hear what people here think before I lodge any formal complaints.

The GPL license can be viewed at [opensource.org...]

Btw, the list of GPL software that Ensim uses is incomplete. I would estimate about 25% of the distribution to be GPL. Also, they did not even acknowledge this anywhere until we went through several heated emails.

Thanks for reading,

Nick Powers

 

littleman

WebmasterWorld Senior Member littleman us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 413 posted 2:32 am on Jun 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

This is a very interesting topic, but it isn't a wmw type of issue. You would be better served by going to gnu.org.

Yet, I am curious, what is GPL in the bundle? I see a lot of BSD licensed stuff, which is legal to bundle with commercial software.

nickp



 
Msg#: 413 posted 2:52 am on Jun 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

ProFTPD, gettext, phpMyAdmin, MySQL, SquirrelMail, just to name a few..

littleman

WebmasterWorld Senior Member littleman us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 413 posted 3:07 am on Jun 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

So, there they are. You may find this page useful:
[gnu.org...]

I'm afraid this is getting uncomfortably close to a legal issue, something WebmasterWorld tries to avoid. So, let's tread lightly here.

nickp



 
Msg#: 413 posted 3:28 am on Jun 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

Thanks I'll take it to GNU.

Nick Powers

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