KDE Licensing Policy Updates

Nicolás Alvarez nicolas.alvarez at gmail.com
Tue Sep 20 19:42:30 UTC 2016

2016-09-20 16:30 GMT-03:00 Jaroslaw Staniek <staniek at kde.org>:
> On 20 September 2016 at 21:19, Thomas Pfeiffer <thomas.pfeiffer at kde.org>
> wrote:
>> On 20.09.2016 19:52, Nicolás Alvarez wrote:
>>> 2016-09-20 14:04 GMT-03:00 Jonathan Riddell <jr at jriddell.org>:
>>>> Added:
>>>> ''Applications which are intended to be run on a server'' can be
>>>> licenced under the GNU AGPL 3.0 or later
>>>> Rationale: KDE Store code is under AGPL
>>>> Question: should this be an option or a requirement for server software?
>>> I agree with this change, but I think it should remain an option.
>> I would support making it mandatory, actually, or at least recommended,
>> because for an end user a web service based on GPL software is no better
>> than one based on proprietary software, because they cannot tell what
>> software it is they're interacting with. Therefore, the AGPL closes an
>> important hole in FOSS web services.
>> I don't feel very strongly about this, but to me it would make sense to at
>> least recommend AGPL for web software we produce.
> I see that too but also aren't we also limited here in one case: when our
> LGPL software is usable for services? What can we do with e.g. KF5? Move it
> to AGPL and add linking exception?
> Sorry if that's already solved some way.

AGPL code can use GPL and LGPL libraries.


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