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Subject: Re: [boost] GPL and boost
From: Stefan Strasser (strasser_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-12-28 08:31:57

sorry, I was somehow under the impression that berkeley is GPL-dual licensed.
but it actually is dual-licensed with a license similar to GPL, but less
restrictive it seems to me.
here it is:

Am Monday 28 December 2009 14:06:17 schrieben Sie:
> Hi,
> is there a precedent of optional(!) external library dependencies to GPLed
> libraries in boost?
> IIUC the implementation of the interface to the library in boost would
> constitute a derivative work of the GPLed library and therefore be
> "infected" by it.
> do the terms of the GPL then only apply if a boost user is actually using
> this optional code and linking to the external library or does this inhibit
> the distribution of such code with boost releases in general?
> and if so, is external distribution, e.g. in the vault, but documentation
> in the main library acceptable?
> I'm asking because of a possible interface to Oracle's Berkeley DB, but I
> guess this will come up again with Boost.Rdb and GPLed SQL databases.

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