Re: I've got a bad feeling about this...
On Oct 15, matthew green wrote:
> NetBSD. Licensing.
> Appears to be old (non-revised) BSD license... certainly the INSTALL.txt
> file for 1.6 has lines at the beginning of the ungodly long section for
> the NetBSD project (in two forms, no less!)
> Pardon me while I sink into despair of ever untangling the mess, even if
> we can use it (is the old BSD license DFSG-non-free?)
> the biggest problem isn't that TNF has a "clause 3" but that N
> contributers also do. however, that list is maintained in
> distrib/notes/legal i think so you can easily get a list of
> "clause 3"'s in the netbsd source tree. unfortunately, these
> aren't linked to the sources they refer to cuz in some cases
> this list is 100's of files across the whole tree.
> it was my understanding the old 4 clause UCB license was DFSG
> happy, anyway.
The four-clause license is DFSG-free; however, it is
GPL-incompatible. This shouldn't be a problem with the NetBSD kernel,
but it might be a problem if you need to link some NetBSD code to
GPLed code in userland. (For example, if you need to link some
4-clause library to gcc.)
Chris Lawrence <firstname.lastname@example.org> - http://www.lordsutch.com/chris/
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