[FFmpeg-devel] [DECISION] Project policy on closed source components

Jean-Baptiste Kempf jb at videolan.org
Mon Apr 29 01:31:40 EEST 2019

On Mon, 29 Apr 2019, at 00:23, Marton Balint wrote:
> >> On Sun, 28 Apr 2019, at 22:02, Marton Balint wrote:
> >>> 2) Should patches using closed source libraries which are not considered 
> >>> "System Libraries" according to the GPL be rejected?
> >>
> >> You mean "major components"?
> >> (at no point does the GPLv2 mention "System Libraries".
> >
> > I meant the sytem libraries as in GPL v3.
> Okay, now I am really confused, I thought the GPLv3 refers to the system 
> libraries as the drivers interfaces, but that might not be a case, because 
> that is also the major component?
> If that is the case, then my intention was obvisouly major component, but 
> I wonder what the system library means then in GPL v3?

As to that, I have no clue. I feel that the GPLv3 did not help on that part, and makes it more confusing (and many other parts).

My understanding of major components of the OS, in GPLv2sense, is kernel+libc+compiler+init/shell+drivers+libraries-installed-with-the-previous.
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