Marco van de Voort marcov at stack.nl
Sun Sep 10 16:33:43 CEST 2000

>   Can Free Pascal be MPL??

No. We would have to get the signature of all people that ever 
contributed (even if we wanted to ourselves).

> This will help the adption by companies of free pascal. I would like to port 
> my software over but i need to write something like a reflection API ala java 
> in pascal but I want the option to keep it under wraps or releasing it.

Why is LGPL not good enough? You can still sign out commercial 
licenses. That is even possible with GPL (see Trolltech)

Personally I think MPL is bad. It is only useful for some specific 
reasons (like Netscape which had the possiblity that LGPL would 
interfere with past archaic contracts).

For any new development it should be avoided, since the bulk of 
opensource is LGPL, and it only causes fragmentation without 
adding much as far as I can see. So MPL makes it only harder for 
everyone, including companies.

MPL is compatible with LGPL btw if you use it's dual-license feature 
(which is an ugly construct). For more information, ask somebody 
with a less superficial MPL knowledge (Try JEDI: www.delphi-jedi.org)

Marco van de Voort (MarcoV at Stack.nl or marco at freepascal.org)

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