Joining forces vs. starting from scratch (was Re: Proposal to start a new implementation...)

Robert Kaiser kairo at
Fri Apr 14 23:37:05 UTC 2017

Magnus Melin schrieb:
> On 4/11/17 6:09 AM, R Kent James wrote:
>> I wonder if we would ever consider switching to GPL?
> Good question, the MPL really hasn't served Thunderbird very well, 
> with Postbox being the prime example, resulting in zero win for the 
> base project. This would not be possible with GPL.

Wrong. From all I heard, this is a common misconception. A fork of a 
GPLed project does not have to contribute code back to any upstream. 
They only need to make the code available to their customers under GPL 
as well.


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