Harald Welte laforge at
Mon Feb 19 18:15:03 CET 2007

(moving this to openmoko-apps, where it seems more fitting)

On Mon, Feb 19, 2007 at 04:44:21PM +0100, Simon Josefsson wrote:
> What is the typical license for OpenMoko code?

> I'm building openmoko right now -- thanks to the mokomakefile -- and
> while waiting for it to finish, I'm reading through some of the code.
> For example, openmoko-libs/libmokoui/.  The is a COPYING file that
> contains LGL version 2.1, but each source code file says:
>  *  This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
>  *  it under the terms of the GNU Lesser Public License as published by
>  *  the Free Software Foundation; version 2 of the license.
> Is it LGPL version 2 or version 2.1?

LGPL 2.1, we need to fix this. Mickey?

> When I look inside panel-plugins/openmoko-panel-battery/, the COPYING
> file contains GPL v.2 but the files say LGPL v.2.

This is a bit of a difficult case.  technically, the matchbox-panel-2
applets are shared libraries.  But legally, I would consider them like
applications and would like to have them GPLv2 licensed.

Mickey: How is the mb-panel-2 code licensed?  how are applets usually
licensed for it? Does it make any suggestions on how applets should be

> When I look inside panel-plugins/openmoko-panel-mainmenu/, the COPYING
> file contains GPL v.2 but the files says 'GNU Public
> License'...'version 2'.  A missing 'General'?

Mickey?  This should be GPLv2.

> Is there any particular reason the license doesn't include the typical
> '(or any later version)'?
> I'm not trying to start a license flamewar, if that can be avoided;
> I'm just curious because there seem to be some conflicting statements
> in the source.

They are not intentional, thanks.  If you look at the svn history, you
can see that there has been a lot of confusion by some of our developers
in Shanghai on this :(
- Harald Welte <laforge at>         
Software for the world's first truly open Free Software mobile phone

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