Due to licensing requirements, we are removing the Potrace library usage from Gatsby 5, specifically starting with v5.2.
Potrace is used in Gatsby's image transformations, specifically for creating an SVG placeholder. For example, in
These are the affected libraries/plugins:
There will be no API-breaking changes, your builds will continue to work. However, whenever you use the
The Potrace library has a GPL license which would require Gatsby to be also licensed as GPL. We don't have any plans to change our current MIT license to GPL therefore we are removing Potrace.
You can read more about MIT vs GPL license at choosealicense
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