[KDE/Mac] Binary distribution license check

Mario Fux kde-ml at unormal.org
Mon Apr 14 20:14:34 UTC 2014

Am Sonntag, 13. April 2014, 23.10:33 schrieb mk-lists at email.de:

Morning guys

> On 13 Apr 2014, at 22:55 , Ian Wadham <iandw.au at gmail.com> wrote:
> > We cannot expect Mario to be a go-between for every technical query that
> > comes up in the next few months.
> You are right. I just didn’t think that I am knowledgable enough regarding
> all this licensing… That’s why I tried to put in onto someone else’s desk!
> ;-)

Here is what a short chat with Sune gave me:
[13:29] <unormal__> svuorela: Do you have some information about this / 
knowledge I could use: http://mail.kde.org/pipermail/kde-mac/2014-
April/000881.html (it's about KDE software on Mac and license problems with 
[13:32] <unormal__> svuorela: And here is another one about "Binary 
distribution license check": http://mail.kde.org/pipermail/kde-mac/2014-
[13:33] *** Sie sind jetzt als unormal bekannt.
[13:38] --> avolkov hat den Kanal betreten (~quassel at
[13:41] <svuorela> unormal: don't link openssl.
[13:44] <unormal> So IIUYC Debian (and other Linux Distros) don't linke KDE 
software to OpenSSL?
[13:45] <unormal> Or not necessarily KDE software as it looks but stuff like 
[13:46] <OdyX> unormal: the OpenSSL exception is needed in all reverse-
dependencies of openssl. If you link a to b and b links to openssl, a needs 
the exception...
[13:46] <svuorela> and Qt dlopens libssl
[13:46] <OdyX> to circumvent that ?
[13:47] <svuorela> are there any other reasons to do such a silly thing?
[13:47] <OdyX> yeah good point.
[13:48] <unormal> Ok, I try to forward this then to the kde-mac people.
[13:48] <svuorela> "don't build with openssl-linked to qt"
[13:49] --> shirish hat den Kanal betreten (~quassel at
[13:50] <unormal> svuorela: Ok, that's a clear message. Thx.
[13:52] <svuorela> OdyX: so, is it violating the spirit of the licenses ? 
definitely.  The letter? probably not.
[13:52] <svuorela> OdyX: at least not for the 99% users of Qt that neither 
does network nor ssl.
[13:54] * OdyX nods svuorela.

> > Errrmmmm … I think he works for Homebrew … but I'd love to see a meeting
> > of minds between MacPorts, Homebrew and KDE … :-)
> Yup, that would be cool.
> > BTW, Marko, did you ever make contact with adymo (ex-KDevelop developer,
> > also working on Homebrew)?
> No, I hope I’d hear from him while I am posting on KDEVELOP-USER, but so
> far no contact.
> I’ll postpone this for now, since there are only hours left until I have to
> quit for the next days due to Easter holidays with my little daughter. :)


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