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Freshmeat: Why Debian Doesn't Include KDE

Jun 18, 2000, 16:12 (31 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joseph Carter)

"I can't say I expect this message to be seen at this stage amidst all the confusion that a KDE-license-problems message on Slashdot usually entails, but I feel I must nevertheless write it as someone directly involved."

"I am a Debian developer. I'm also one of the people who worked with Troll Tech in writing the QPL, the license under which Qt version 2 is licensed. I made it through several revisions with them and am even mentioned on their page for the efforts I put into it. I took a lot of fire from a lot of people on a lot of different sides for my work. I'm not sure it was worth it."

"My goal was a license which met our Debian Free Software Guidelines and was also compatible with the GPL. I succeeded with the former, but apparently not the latter. The reaction from commercial distributions such as Red Hat often makes me wonder if my "victory" in a free Qt license was actually miserable defeat."

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