[Haskell-cafe] Re: Thinking about what's missing in our library coverage

John A. De Goes john at n-brain.net
Wed Aug 5 12:33:34 EDT 2009

Tom is exactly right here. GPL is the kiss of death in the commercial  
world. Haskell Platform exists in part to encourage industry use of  
Haskell -- and to encourage "braindead" use of blessed libraries. GPL  
libraries have no place in HP.


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On Aug 5, 2009, at 9:03 AM, Tom Tobin wrote:

> On Wed, Aug 5, 2009 at 10:46 AM, Colin Paul
> Adams<colin at colina.demon.co.uk> wrote:
>>>>>>> "Tom" == Tom Tobin <korpios at korpios.com> writes:
>>    >> This can surely be tackled by cabal, as it already has the
>>    >> license information.
>>    Tom> I don't see this as a real solution; why would a package be
>> It should be done anyway, irrespective of the platform.
> Yes, that would be handy option for cabal-install in general.
>>    Tom> added to the platform in the first place if a large
>>    Tom> proportion of developers couldn't make use of it?
>> Anyone can make use of it. You may choose not to (or your boss may
>> choose for you), but that doesn't mean you can't.
> The benefit of a standard library is that you can say "I need a
> library to handle X" and if a library addressing X is in the standard
> library, you're set.  If you then need to worry about the GPL — and
> this is a reality that can't be written off as a mere "choice" — why
> bother with the platform in the first place?  Non-GPL developers would
> be better off sticking with hackage in that case.
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