Calling GPL code from a Python application

Mike Meyer mwm at
Wed Jan 4 23:27:32 CET 2006

Ernst Noch <enoch at> writes:
> Mike Meyer wrote:
>> In my case, I get paid for building custom applications. If I use
>> GPL'ed software, I'm required to give my client the software under the
>> GPL (or, as you point out, a GPL-compatible license). I never bother -
>> I hand them a tarball and installation instructions and they install
>> it on their systems, or I install the stuff on their systems for them,
>> and it never goes anywhere else. I believe that's in compliance with
>> the GPL, because they get all the rights that the GPL wants them to
>> have.
> Yeah, and you are in absolute compliance with what the FSF intends the
> GPL to be:

For the record, I'm not selling them software. I'm selling them my
time. I'll use whatever software will help solve the problem, and have
been known to bundle commercial applications. I prefer open source
because having the source makes it easier to bend to my uses. I prefer
BSD-like licenses to the GPL because that places fewer restrictions
on what I can do with the resulting product.

Mike Meyer <mwm at>
Independent WWW/Perforce/FreeBSD/Unix consultant, email for more information.

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