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

Jules Colding colding at omesc.com
Tue Oct 30 09:08:02 CDT 2007

On Tue, 2007-10-30 at 08:55 -0500, Douglas C. Schmidt wrote:
> 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.

I think that it is important to note that this "less restrictive" means
that you can use ACE and TAO libraries in your GPL'ed project. The ACE
+TAO license is (in my non-lawyer view) resembling the BSD license(s).

Best regards,

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