GnucashMobile for Android License

Derek Atkins warlord at MIT.EDU
Thu Jul 12 12:09:40 EDT 2012


Ngewi Fet <ngewif at> writes:

> Hi everyone,
> It occurred to that I did not discuss this on this list.
> *[Disclaimer: IANAL, if anything I'm saying here is incorrect, please call
> me out]*
> Basically, when I started coding, I just licensed GnucashMobile using the
> same license as the Gnucash (GPLv2 or later).
> Should I leave this as-is, or would the Apache License v2 be more
> appropriate?
> The Apache license is not compatible with GPL v1 and 2, but is
> compatible with GPLv3. (GPLv3 is a subset of APLv2) [1]
> However, Apache is the license used by Android Open Source project [2] and
> a lot or other Android libraries and apps.
> GPL is used quite a bit too [3] and is the license of Gnucash itself:
> anyone who modifies the code must share the modifications.
>>From my (limited) observations, a lot of the GPL apps are ports from the
> desktop versions. But GnucashMobile is not a port.
> Personally, I prefer the Apache version 2 license as it seems to be the
> preferred open source license for Android libraries
> and applications.
> So what say you?

I think it's up to you.  You're not using any GnuCash code, so whatever
you feel comfortable with using.  I think either APL or GPL3 would be
fine.  It all depends on which you personally prefer.

> Cheers,
> Ngewi
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> [2]:
> [3]:


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