On Mon, 21 Jun 2010, Victor Lazzarini wrote:
> A simple question: can GPL plugins be loaded into non-free hosts?
This was discussed last year on this list, so it would be
worthwhile searching the archives. (Yes, I know that
searching LAD takes perseverence. :-))
According to the FSF, the answer is no because it's
dynamic linking. BTW, I'm pretty sure their answer is
more black-and-white today than it was last year.
However, isn't this the whole point of using plugins?? To
allow this sort of thing? So, I think the FSF's opinion is
still up for debate. In addition, I doubt most plugin
authors will get upset with someone doing this.
Things get less cloudy if the plugin author(s) give special
permission for this (see, for example ).
Chris is also right: This is not an end-user issue. This
is a host author, plugin author, and software distributor
Down toward the end where it mentions Totem's exception
for hosts, and again waaaay at the end where it mentions
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