Joined: Feb. 2007
||Posted: June 20 2008,04:17
|From this it appears that the configuration scripts are relevant to the Licence & thus changes to them are grounds for complaint.|
No, so long as those are also made available with the rest of the sources (c/h/Makefile/config* - everything necessary to recompile and install in the same manner). Robert posted the changes florian made. The sources are available and the offer is consistent with terms of the GPL. Murga simply chose to not ask for them or order them, which is germane to this whole issue -- he decided to shoot first and ask questions later.
|Diplomacy requires a certain amount of compromise|
Diplomacy doesn't start with claiming others violated the GPL and not having much evidence to prove it.
|...it would mean being "right" but losing the support of a very talented individual and potentially hostility from others associated with him.|
The hostility came from the "very talented individual." While the GPL can't protect users from his hostile associates, there are plenty of other laws that can.
|Why should that be acceptible, even if it might be ultimately deemed legal, when a much better solution would be to come to a civil agreement between the people directly involved? |
Because it appears DSL isn't the violator of the GPL, the author of the code in question is. He's the one who's chosen to take issue when anyone uses the bindings as they see fit (and follows the rest of the rules -- I know where he's coming from but DSL apparently didn't make any changes and the configuration has been documented). Attribution issues? Umm, what's the library called again? And what about the issue of how attribution was made before we rained on his parade? All I have seen is that he seems to want to have a bit more control than the GPL allows him. And now he also wants a lot more credit than he's due. He didn't author lua or FLTK. His name shouldn't appear anywhere simply because either is invoked in a script. Talk about conceited.
DSL should abide by the GPL. Murga should abide by the GPL.
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