Licensing: (L)GPL v2+?

Niko Sams niko.sams at
Sun Nov 27 18:18:04 UTC 2011

On Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 14:16, Milian Wolff <mail at> wrote:
> Hey all,
> I notice that a lot of our files are licensed under the (L)GPL v2, which is not
> on the suggested list of licenses of the KDE Licensing Policy [1].
> I don't have much knowledge on licensing, and would prefer to follow an official
> policy.
> This means:
> - new files should be licensed under one of the licenses as listed on the KDE
> policy page
> - I will relicense my files (if there are any that only I contributed to)
> Since the latter will probably be just a very small amount, I would like to
> know from *all* contributors whether it would be OK to relicense your code as
> well. Personally I think using the (L)GPL v2+ as approved by KDE e.v. would be
> the optimal choice here. Take a look at the licensing policy and search for
> "or for later versions approved by KDE e.V.".
> Of course I'm aware that our codebase has probably parts from some
> contributors that we cannot contact anymore. We can leave these files out for
> now, and try to contact them later.
> Does anyone know a tool that lists files with authors and license? Otherwise
> I'll have to write my own script that uses the git log and some grep-magic to
> find authors and license.
In case you don't do/know already you can use this script:

Personally I'm fine with (L)GPL v2+ for kdevplatform/kdevelop/php/quanta


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