Kaffe license changes

Matt Kimball mkimball at xmission.com
Wed Apr 1 08:04:18 PST 1998

On Wed, Apr 01, 1998 at 04:55:48PM +0300, Bertrand Guiheneuf wrote:
> The situation with kaffe is different.
> I felt like abused when Transvirtual
> announced, after 2 years of freeware developpement, that kaffe would stop
> to be a freeware. The problem would have been completely different if the
> situatiuon had be clear from the beginning. Remember, the www site was
> www.kaffe.org, not www.kaffe.com

I had some of the same feelings.  (It's a loss to the free software
community and all that).  But 0.10 was released under the GNU GPL.
This is certainly acceptable to me.  And as long as kaffe continues to
be released under licences that meet the Debian free software
guidelines, I have no complaints.

If Tim and the rest at Transvirtual need to put some features
exclusively in a proprietary version, well, that is unfortunate for
the free software community, but it can be difficult to make a living
from freeware.

After the release of 0.10, I'm sure that Tim will do the right thing.

Matt Kimball
mkimball at xmission.com

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