Haskell Platform Proposal: HLint

Sittampalam, Ganesh ganesh.sittampalam at credit-suisse.com
Thu Nov 11 08:31:41 EST 2010

Niklas Broberg wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 1:52 PM, Malcolm Wallace
> <malcolm.wallace at me.com> wrote: 
>>>> Libraries with non-BSD deps haven't been considered for the HP, and
>>>> would be problematic, in my opinion.
>>> I'd like to propose a policy along the lines that HP packages must
>>> be usable for developing software under any reasonable license
>>> including proprietary licenses.
>> I've been wondering whether there is any mileage in having a
>> secondary, separate, "free" Platform, that is, containing only LGPL
>> libraries and GPL tools.  This way, it would be much easier to ensure
>> that BSD libraries in the standard Platform do not depend
>> inadvertently on LGPL'd libraries.  If a Platform user wants to be
>> unburdened from licensing worries, they can use the BSD Platform
>> only. 
>> If they care about software freedom, then they can overlay the
>> LGPL/GPL Platform on top. 
> And what of BSD libraries in the standard Platform that (would like
> to) deliberately depend on LGPL'd libraries?
> We have a concrete example: haskell-src-exts (BSD) depends on cpphs
> (LGPL), not as a tool but as a library. 

That makes it unusable except under the LGPL, so it would have to go in the free Platform if we went with Malcolm's proposal.



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