[Ace-users] [tao-users] Is the TAO License GPL compatible?

Douglas C. Schmidt schmidt at dre.vanderbilt.edu
Tue Oct 30 08:55:26 CDT 2007

Hi Markus,

> I am not a lawyer, and I did not find any notes about it in the TAO FAQ
> nor in the FSF list of software licenses[1].
> So I ask you: Do you know whether the TAO License found at
> http://www.cs.wustl.edu/~schmidt/ACE-copying.html is compatible with
> the GNU GPL 2 and/or 3?

No, the ACE+TAO license is explicitly NOT compatible with GNU GPL.
Instead, it is deliberately less restrictive and follows the so-caled
"BSD license".  We did this since some company lawyers don't like
certain aspects of the GNU GPL, so our ACE+TAO license is designed to
make them happy.



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