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Re: [PATCH RFC 00/10] Enable repository wide style checking

From: Peter Maydell
Subject: Re: [PATCH RFC 00/10] Enable repository wide style checking
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:35:39 +0100

On 14 August 2015 at 11:30, Paul Eggert <address@hidden> wrote:
> Peter Maydell wrote:
>> I just don't want
>> a GPLv3-licensed file in the git repo and an integrated part
>> of our build-and-test system...
> My kneejerk reaction is that the build procedures in question are large
> enough that they should stay GPLv3.  If you don't want those files in your
> git repo you can simply fetch them as part of your bootstrap or autogen.sh
> or whatever. Although this might not mollify people who worry about GPLv3
> cooties infecting their executables, catering to paranoia is not high on our
> list of things to do.

My objections to the GPLv3 here are purely pragmatic. QEMU contains
too much GPLv2-only code to feasibly rewrite, and GPLv2 and v3 aren't
compatible. Therefore we can't use GPLv3 code. That's sometimes
awkward for us in that it prevents us using code from other free
software projects, but that's the way licensing works.

-- PMM

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