Re: X-Oz Technologies
Branden Robinson wrote:
Sue, There is a principle in hermeneutics that says: there are no
useless words. This means, basically: if you want to say the same
thing, use the same words. If you don't use the same words, you don't
want to say the same thing. Basically, if X-Oz wants the same
disposition as Apache Foundation (license v.1.1) /or/ XFree (license
v.1.0), it should use the same license; or else, the only real -- and
/legal/ -- conclusion is that the disposition is not the same.
I was unaware that the X-Oz Technolgies license already existed (under a
different name, maybe?). Can you please direct me to the software
projects that used it before X-Oz did? I don't mean the individual
parts of the license; I know examples where those have been used. I
mean the entire license as used by X-Oz (with other copyright holders'
names substituted, of course). I don't recall that exact license ever
having come up on this list before, and I've been subscribed for a few
years -- but my memory is sadly imperfect. References to where the Free
Software Foundation, Open Source Initiative, and other organizations
certified it as satisfying their standards would be helpful as well.
I am assuming that the X-Oz Technologies license is not *intended* to be
precisely identical in meaning to the XFree86 1.0 license or Apache 1.1
license, else I expect X-Oz would have simply used one or the other of
those licenses. I had thought that X-Oz independently developed its
license because neither the XFree86 1.0 nor Apache 1.1 licenses achieved
the desired result.
You know, this (clarification of the terms of the license) may not be
binding, but is a start.
and I think that makes sense since one cannot interpret the license
everytime for every reader.
I don't think that will be necessary; with luck, X-Oz's answers to the
questions Debian has raised can be dissemenated widely, as this
discussion is taking place in a public forum. X-Oz certainly has my
permission to quote my correspondence with you on this subject if would
be helpful towards drafting a FAQ about your license, if you'd like to