Joining forces vs. starting from scratch (was Re: Proposal to start a new implementation...)
mkmelin+mozilla at iki.fi
Sun Apr 16 11:11:26 UTC 2017
On 4/15/17 2:37 AM, Robert Kaiser wrote:
> 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.
I did not mean to imply they have to upstream every change, they don't
have to do anything except release the code. But, with the *complete
code* available, the upstream project *could* fairly easily include
changes/features they like. With MPL a fork can easily make it very
difficult for anyone to do that.
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