possible readline license problem with ghc and -package util
Manuel M. T. Chakravarty
Thu, 13 Jun 2002 11:12:36 +1000
Sven Moritz Hallberg <email@example.com> wrote,
> On Wednesday 12. June 2002 10:12, Manuel M. T. Chakravarty wrote:
> > Knowing the GHC developers for quite a while (and having had
> > BSD versus GPL discussions with them before), my answer
> > would be that they are perfectly trustworthy, but suffer
> > from the common "BSD is more free than GPL" misconception.
> > Otherwise, they are perfectly nice guys (even if they have a
> > @microsoft.com address ;-)
> I see the people being very nice. But there is the question whether MS would
> draw them away from GHC if it desides to go full-scale with something based
> on GHC. That would surely hit GHC hard. If they could just say, no, we're
> here to stay, MS is paying us, but they just want to use the compiler we
> make, not own it, I'd be perfectly fine.
That's an assurance beyond any license that you will rarely
get. Even on a GPL'ed project, the company could always
drop the funding unless the company's core business depends
on that software. From a research project, such as GHC, the
funding (= developer time) can always be cut. On the other
hand, as long as there is continued interest in the
software, somebody is going to support it to some extent.