Re: About bug 1281: bin86 copyright
In article <m0v9hp2-000HVrC@liw.clinet.fi> Lars Wirzenius <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Bug report 1281 (more than a year old) asks:
> > Does this prevent us from distributing on commercial media? (Such as a
> > CD-ROM.)
> > This is the as86 and ld86 distribution written by Bruce Evans. It's
> > copyright Bruce Evans, all rights reserved although you may use and
> > copy it for your personal use.
> The /usr/doc/copyright/bin86 file from version 0.3-1 still says
> the same thing. Has anybody checked on this, and asked Bruce Evans
> about it?
I did years ago, and he answered that he never placed such
restrictions on these programs. This restriction probably was added by
Linus at a time when Linux wasn't distributed under the GPL (wild
FreeBSD contains them with a 'fine' license (either GPL or BSDish),
however they might differ from the Linux-patched versions.
The clean approach would be to use FreeBSD's (or ELKS') version and
check whether they need some modification in order to compile the
kernel bootstrap code correctly.
Sven Rudolph <email@example.com> ; WWW : http://www.sax.de/~sr1/
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