What is Ghostscript AGPL?
Some versions of Ghostscript are distributed freely under the name GPL Ghostscript or (for older versions) GNU Ghostscript; these versions are distributed with a license called the GNU Affero General Public License (also known as the “AGPL”, or “copyleft”), which allows gratis and commercial distribution under certain …
Is AGPL viral?
The AGPL is a version of the “Highly Viral” GNU General Public License (“GPL”) that reaches code you modify and then make available remotely through a computer network.
What is GPL Ghostscript?
Ghostscript is an interpreter for the PostScript® language and PDF files. It is available under either the GNU GPL Affero license or licensed for commercial use from Artifex Software, Inc. In addition to rendering to raster formats, Ghostscript offers high-level conversion through our vector output devices.
Is Ghostscript free for commercial use?
Versions entitled GPL Ghostscript are distributed with the GNU Affero General Public License, which allows free use, and free copying and redistribution under certain conditions (including, in some cases, commercial distribution). A supported commercial version is available from Artifex Software Inc.
Is AGPL open source?
The AGPL V3 license is a strong copyleft license that enforces open source on all components derived from any previous work. It closes the server-side loophole, where the source code isn’t made available if the software isn’t released.
What is the use of Ghostscript?
Ghostscript can be used as a raster image processor (RIP) for raster computer printers—for instance, as an input filter of line printer daemon—or as the RIP engine behind PostScript and PDF viewers. It can also be used as a file format converter, such as PostScript to PDF converter.
What’s the difference between AFPL and GPL Ghostscript?
The main difference between AFPL and GPL Ghostscript is in their licensing. Otherwise both are a suite of software for the display or printing of document pages, and the conversion between PostScript and PDF files. AFPL Ghostscript is distributed under the license named ‘Aladdin Ghostscript Free Public License’.
Do you need a license for GPL Ghostscript?
If your application, including all of its source code, is licensed to the public under the GNU AGPL, you are authorized to ship GPL Ghostscript with your application under the terms of those license agreements. You do not need a commercial license from Artifex.
Are there any public web applications that use the AGPL?
Public web application that uses the AGPL are listed at wikipedia. The GNU Affero General Public License is based on the GNU GPL, but has an additional term to allow users who interact with the licensed software over a network to receive the source for that program.
Is the GNU Affero based on the GPL?
The GNU Affero General Public License is based on the GNU GPL, but has an additional term to allow users who interact with the licensed software over a network to receive the source for that program. We recommend that people consider using the GNU AGPL for any software which will commonly be run over a network.