[thelist] GNU / GPL

Kristian Rink kristian at zimmer428.net
Wed Oct 24 06:26:14 CDT 2007

Am Wed, 24 Oct 2007 13:12:08 +0300
schrieb Fred Jones <fredthejonester at gmail.com>:

> License: GNU General Public License (GPL), GNU Library or Lesser
> General Public License (LGPL)
> Then we can NOT sell the EXE because since we used the GNU/GPL
> software (even just in the source code) we have to make the compiled
> EXE public domain.
> Is this correct?

No. No offense to your lawyer, but this is utter nonsense. If your
application is built using GPL software, your software itself needs to
be released using the appropriate GPL license. Which means that, along
with the .exe, you have to provide the source code of your application,
either in the same distribution or on your website for people to
download, examine and use. As long as you do so, you're fine. Just put
your .exe and a .tgz / .zip / .whatever of your sources to an
installation CD along with the COPYING file pointing out that it's GPL
licensed, and all is well. :)


Kristian Rink * http://zimmer428.net * http://flickr.com/photos/z428/
jab: kawazu at jabber.ccc.de * icq: 48874445 * fon: ++49 176 2447 2771
"One dreaming alone, it will be only a dream; many dreaming together
is the beginning of a new reality." (Hundertwasser)

More information about the thelist mailing list