[Rd] Rcpp, best method for linking to

Dirk Eddelbuettel edd at debian.org
Sat Feb 25 21:05:29 CET 2006


On 25 February 2006 at 10:07, Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
| > I may be misunderstanding you but here it goes: if you are using Rcpp as a
| > means to get to R, you still end up linking with R itself.  It is my
| > understanding that this implies the GPL -- or a suitable GPL-compatible
| > license -- for your code.
| As you know, what constitutes 'linking' and 'using' is controversial (and 
| legal experts do not agree except perhaps that it would need to be tested 
| in court and the interpretation may differ by country).  See e.g.
| [All I am trying to do here is to point out that there are multiple 
| viewpoints.]

I appreciate the follow-up and clarification because it is indeed difficult
and not fully mapped territory.  But now that Dominick has released the RCpp
/ RCppTemplate code under LGPL, things should be easier for Andrew.

It will be interesting to see what happens with GPLv3. As I understand, the
murkiness with respect to linking, and things like webservice interface is
said to be one of several drivers behind the license update.  


Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something. 
                                                  -- Thomas A. Edison

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