Genode Userland Licensing

buzz heavyyear buzzheavyyear at ...16...
Thu Jan 30 11:20:03 CET 2014

Hi Norman,
Thanks for taking time to deal with this and clarifying various issues. Will press on with Genode and see where the journey takes us ;)
Best regardsNick

> Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:05:23 +0100
> From: norman.feske at ...1...
> To: genode-main at
> Subject: Re: Genode Userland Licensing
> Hi Nick,
> > Moving this in a slightly different direction. If a lgpl, application
> > stack library, compatible with Genode, was packaged with a Genode
> > bundle, then I assume that this would be ok without the need for any
> > licensing?
> Publishing a library compatible with Genode is perfectly fine regardless
> of the license you pick for the library. It is your code after all.
> Genode Labs is actually doing this for some pieces of code. For example,
> we maintain the qoost library (C++ utilities for Qt development)
> separate from Genode. This library uses the BSD license:
> We simply make qoost available within Genode via the libports
> repository. The license of Genode does not affect the qoost library at all.
> It goes without saying that you are free to distribute the source code
> of Genode as you see fit (aka "bundle"). That is granted by the GPL.
> The restrictions of the GPL come into effect when you distribute a
> binary with Genode as an ingredient. In this case you need to distribute
> the source codes of the other ingredients (including the code that you
> developed) under a Free-Software license along with the binary.
> So it is ultimately the responsibility of the creators and distributors
> of binaries (not source codes) to make sure to comply with the licenses
> of all the parts the binaries are made out of. This way, the GPL ensures
> that the benefits of Free Software are guaranteed to be passed to the
> end user.
> Best regards
> Norman
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