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Re: AX_PROG_NASM et al: Would you agree to re-license your macros?

From: Bogdan
Subject: Re: AX_PROG_NASM et al: Would you agree to re-license your macros?
Date: Tue, 04 Aug 2009 12:13:20 +0200
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Peter Simons wrote:
> Hi Bogdan,

 Hi Peter.

> the macros distributed by the Autoconf Archive are intended to be free
> software in the sense that their licensing terms do not restrict the
> ways in which other projects can re-use them. Unfortunately, we were
> recently informed by the FSF that the LGPL license does not meet that
> criteria, because it does impose legal restrictions on the generated
> configure script.

 Could you please provide more details? I'm interested which
"definition" does the configure script fall under and what
restrictions does it impose. I'd call it a "work based on the
library", so it would have to be redistributed under the LGPL, but
since it is a standalone application, does that matter? Doesn't point
5 of the LGPL allow redistributing with software licensed in other
ways? Or is it something else? I'm not a native English speaker, so I
may not have understood it all.

> Because of that issue, we were wondering whether you'd willing to
> re-release your macros [1] under a license that doesn't have that
> problem. The FSF recommends use of the All-Permissive license, but both
> GPL plus Autoconf Exception or the BSD license are just as good for our
> purposes.
> Can you help us remedy that situation?

 Sure. But apart from the above, I'd like to know which BSD license is
recommended (I found two or three of them) and what does "GPL plus
Autoconf Exception" look like. Initially, I'd go for the GPL+exception.

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Pozdrawiam/Regards - Bogdan                     (GNU/Linux & FreeDOS)
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