[plt-scheme] Industrial servlets and Apache

From: MJ Ray (markj at cloaked.freeserve.co.uk)
Date: Mon Aug 11 09:18:20 EDT 2003

Don Felgar <dfelgar at rainier-infosys.com> wrote:
> [...] and second, there may be something squirrely about the
> FastCGI license.  Debian classifies mod_fcgi as non-free.  When I
> looked last, Debian had an old mod_fcgi, and the license has grown
> more liberal since then.  I read both versions of the license and
> didn't see a problem with either one.

Sorry, there's no "may be" about it.  The licence attempts to control
the API by discriminating against fields of endeavour, which means it
doesn't follow the Debian Free Software Guidelines or meet the FSF's Free
Software Definition.  I hope that I don't have to spell out why giving
"Open Market" control of the interface of derived works disqualifies it.

In December 2000, the developers agreed to fix this, according to Davide
Puricelli[1], but it doesn't look like they have yet from the CVS HEAD
I've just looked at[2].  If you can clue them in, please do.

1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2000/debian-legal-200012/msg00109.html
2. http://www.fastcgi.com/cvs/

Until this is resolved, I'd suggest implementing the webapp protocol in
preference.  Can similar methods be used?  Can the guile/fcgi approach
translate to mzscheme/webapp?

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