---

# KDE: Response to Stallman Editorial

[ Thanks to Daniel M.
Duley

“In a recent editorial on Linux Today, Richard Stallman claimed
that KDE is still in violation of the GPL even though Qt is now
covered under the GPL and all KDE code is compatible with the GPL.
His rather absurd reasoning is that since KDE once violated the
GPL, it will always be in violation unless the individual copyright
holders “grant forgiveness.”

“We maintain, as always, that there are no licensing problems
with KDE. Here’s why:”

“All code in KDE is copyrighted and covered under a free
software (Open Source) license. The vast majority of the code was
written explicitely for KDE. A few bits were written elsewhere and
incorporated into KDE.”

…This entire thing is just too absurd and we refuse to
play this game.

Complete
Story