[Spread-users] License check

John Lane Schultz jschultz at spreadconcepts.com
Fri Jul 25 16:14:29 EDT 2008

If the old BSD style license (w/ advertisement) is GPL incompatible then I'm
pretty sure that Spread's Open Source license is also incompatible.


John Lane Schultz
Spread Concepts LLC
Phn: 443 838 2200 
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[mailto:spread-users-bounces at lists.spread.org] On Behalf Of Glenn McAllister
Sent: Friday, July 25, 2008 4:00 PM
To: spread-users at lists.spread.org
Subject: [Spread-users] License check

I'm pretty certain I already know the answer, but I figured I'd ask anyway.
searched the mailing list archives and wasn't able to find anything that 
directly answered my question.

I want to start an open source project where one of the key pieces of
I'd be using is licensed under the GPLv2.  I (obviously) want to use spread
the distributed communication mechanism.  IANAL, but I'm pretty sure the
Open-Source License is not compatible with the GPLv2, specifically due to
advertising clause, which is similar to the original BSD license.  That
is specifically noted as being incompatible with the GPLv2.  I tried looking
a specific reference to the Spread Open-Source License at 
http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/license-list.html but was unable to locate

Interestingly enough, in the spread email archives I did find reference to 
OCamlSpread, which is an OCaml wrapper around spread.  The only release I
was from SourceForge back in September 2002.  The wrapper source is declared
be GPLv2, that it uses the Spread libraries, and includes a copy of the
License.  Was this blessed by the Spread license holders before it was

Am I out of luck, or have I missed something?

Glenn McAllister     <glenn at somanetworks.com>      +1 416 348 1594
SOMA Networks, Inc.  http://www.somanetworks.com/  +1 416 977 1414

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