[IPython-dev] IPython pyreadline improvement of IPython
Fernando.Perez at colorado.edu
Sun Jan 29 16:04:47 CST 2006
Robert Kern wrote:
> Fernando Perez wrote:
>>Well, the point is that since we'd be writing our _own_ readline, the license
>>of the FSF readline wouldn't matter: we wouldn't be using it. If such an
>>effort were successful across platforms, core python could take our own
>>readline to replace their bindings to FSF-readline without fear. The problem
>>is the 'viral' nature of the GPL: technically, Python _may_ be in violation of
>>the GPL by using readline and Python not being ALL GPL.
> That's not how the GPL works. That's not even how the FSF thinks the GPL works. Oy.
Well, that seems to be how python-dev is worried it might be interpreted,
unless _I_ misunderstood something (quite possible, given how
low-level-legal-detail this discussion can get). But the point remains that
there ARE worries in python-dev about the status of readline, so having a plan
B strikes me as a good thing (tm).
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