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NPL and MPL to be Updated

Sunday January 31st, 1999

As the first anniversary of Mozilla nears, the NPL and MPL are getting updated to deal with some minor issues and to alter the patent infringement portion of the license "to encourage greater adoption of the Mozilla code base". The first draft of the revisions will appear this week, followed by a two week comment period. To read the announcement from Jim Hamerly, click here.


#1 Re: NPL and MPL to be Updated

by Tim Moore <tmoore@tembel.org>

Thursday February 4th, 1999 3:27 PM

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I hope that the updated versions will be compatible with the GPL.

See RMS's comments on <http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/netscape-npl.html>

#2 My personal (mostly informed) opinion

by FrodoB

Friday February 5th, 1999 8:35 PM

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The GPL is a bit too restrictive. My impression of his comments were that he wanted the NPL to be sucked into the same restrictions as the GPL, which makes profitable software prohibitive. The entire point of Adam Lock's DLL is to be able to be embedded in applications that could be profitable. My impression of RMS's comments is that he wants the NPL to prohibit this as the GPL seems to. I could of course be in error, and I'm hardly either a legal expert or a free software expert.