Deimos X11 bindings license question

Jonathan Marler via Digitalmars-d digitalmars-d at
Tue Sep 5 09:32:47 PDT 2017

On Sunday, 3 September 2017 at 16:10:11 UTC, Gary Willoughby 
> Hi,
> A few years ago I forked the Deimos X11 bindings[1] repo to add 
> dub support. Since then my repo[2] has received bug fixes and 
> as such it's being used in many projects. (Also, in the 
> following years dub support was added to the Deimos repo too.) 
> I had a question from a developer as to the license of the code 
> in my repo. I used the LGPL because the original used it.
> My question, is there a legal way to change the current license 
> to Boost or MIT or something like? Because this particular 
> developer wanted to use it in a project where LGPL was 
> incompatible.
> [1]:
> [2]:

+1 for getting away from the GPL.  Though I understand the 
sentiment coming from the FSF, the practical consequences of 
using GPL licenses is restricting the users of your 
library/application.  By going to a non-restrictive license like 
you suggest (Boost/MIT), it will allow the code to be used by 
anyone, instead of just those who conform to the GPL.

I'm assuming this is why you're trying to move to another 
license, I thought I would explicitly state this in the thread so 
as to educate others on the reasons why they may or may not want 
to use the GPL in their own projects.

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