Re: MMIX license OK for main?
From: David Starner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
On Thu, Nov 11, 1999 at 02:34:55PM -0800, Bruce Perens wrote:
> He is _trying_ to be DFSG-compliant but his license is mis-worded.
> Someone should contact him.
David Starner - email@example.com
> From what I've read, Donald Knuth doesn't work on internet time,
> and doesn't have an email address. Also, I'm not sure he cares
> about DFSG - much of his code on the net has a do not modify
> license on it, and even TeX doesn't have that free a license.
When I first looked at that license, I didn't see the "Donald Knuth" and
assumed that license was written by some completely clue-less person.
It's extremely ambiguous in that the "changes are only permissible" does
not actually grant any rights - it just says when changes are permissible.
I suppose that license is very old.
I think it belongs in non-free. Knuth might answer a letter, if there's
somebody around here who likes lost causes.