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Date: 2010-01-17 (16:47)
From: Guillaume Yziquel <guillaume.yziquel@c...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] GPL with linking exception?
Dario Teixeira a écrit :
> Hi,
>> My question about GPL is mostly the following: Can you
>> distribute GPL bytecode files? Do you have any issues when
>> 'linking' the runtime with the GPL bytecode?
>> Or are there other issues preventing from releasing GPL OCaml code?
> If you want a waterproof lawyerly response you should consider contacting
> an organisation like the Software Freedom Law Center [1].  Nevertheless,
> IMHO I see no obstacle in using the GPL with Ocaml code, and there are
> in fact plenty of Ocaml projects using this license.  Could you elaborate
> on why you feel that the GPL could in theory prevent the release of Ocaml
> code?

Well, you create a bytecode executable under GPL. You therefore include 
the OCaml bytecode runtime. You'd be distributing part of the bytecode 
runtime under the GPL, and I somehow feel there's a fish in doing so.

This is just a question I'm asking myself. I do not have a hard opinion 
on that. Im just asking to collect advice from people on this list who 
might have wondered the same kind of things. That's all.

All the best,

      Guillaume Yziquel