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From: Maciej Sobczak (prog_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-06-06 10:06:41

Tobias Schwinger wrote:

> GREPping over the Gentoo Linux [ ] - Ebuilds tells
> me that the following projects have boost among their dependecies:

Which raises an interesting point.

The Boost licence was carefully worded in a way that does not require
the dependent software to admit it. In other words, I can write a
software that uses Boost and I don't have to give any credits to the
Boost community when advertising my product. Some vendors of proprietary
and closed software (and maybe others as well) can see this as a feature
of the Boost licensing scheme.

Some might even use Boost and *hide* this fact from their customers [1].
It is still fine from the licence point of view.

Now - is it OK to publicly list projects as "proud" users of Boost,
without asking them first whether they want to announce this?


Of course, with open source projects it is not a problem - everybody can
check (that's the point of open source). But be careful with other projects.

[1] Yes, I've met people who hate Boost. They are incompetent and are
not able to justify their biases, but they have a power to take decisions.

Maciej Sobczak

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