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Re: Can Guix channels be non-GPL?

From: Dr. Arne Babenhauserheide
Subject: Re: Can Guix channels be non-GPL?
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2023 17:45:47 +0200
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Saku Laesvuori <> writes:

>> One view is that GPL does not propagate, because the Guile language does
>> not link.
> This would be a very dangerous interpretation and clearly go against the
> spirit of the GPL: any proprietary software could use any GPL software
> if they were written in a language that doesn't link. There is a lot of
> python code, for example, under the GPL and it would have no protection
> against being used in proprietary programs.

The GPLv3 uses the definition of "intimate data communication". I’m
pretty sure a Guix channel has that with Guix, so the license must be
GPL compatible.

Best wishes,
Unpolitisch sein
heißt politisch sein,
ohne es zu merken.

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