Bill Allombert on Wed, 17 Mar 2004 22:39:21 +0100

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Re: Preparing PARI 2.3

On Tue, Feb 03, 2004 at 12:16:29PM -0800, Ilya Zakharevich wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 03, 2004 at 05:23:14PM +0100, Bill Allombert wrote:
> > > IIRC the relation of dynalinking to GPL, we are safe.  Anyway, we
> > > could make an exception in *our* license (for the purpose of linking
> > > with plotting engines).

I don't see any distinction in the GPL between the different form of
linking. On the other hand, the GPL allow to use the program as you see
fit, including linking with non-GPL compatible libraries. What it
forbid on the other hand is to distribute such derivate product.

> > That will not work if you also link with GNU readline at the same 
> > time since readline is GPL.
> Since readline is not crucial for the functionality of the program,
> this is also not relevant.

What is important is what get linked with the default Configure options.
Readline certainly is linked. At the very least we should disable gnuplot
support by default.

Also I am not going to agree to an exception for a license as obnoxious
as the gnuplot license, sorry.