I intend to package the kernel patch for NSA Security Enhanced Linux.
Below is all the details on licenses. My interpretation of the below license
details (copied from the web site) is that the kernel patch is under the GPL
and everything is fine.
However is the issue about "warranty exclusion" etc which requires "agreement
before download" going to force me to use non-free for my package?
I know I could ask upstream for clarification of this issue, however the NSA
takes a long time to prepare public statements, and I imagine that things
will take longer now than they would have a few weeks ago...
License statement from http://www.nsa.gov/selinux/license.html :
All source code found on this site is released under the same terms and
conditions as the original sources. For example, the patches to the Linux
kernel, patches to many existing utilities, and new programs and libraries
available here are released under the terms and conditions of the GNU General
Public License (GPL). The patches to some existing utilities and libraries
available here are released under the terms and conditions of the BSD license.
I downloaded the patch from http://www.nsa.gov/selinux/src-disclaim.html
which has the following disclaimer:
Before downloading this software, you must accept the warranty exclusion and
limitation of liability which appears below.
I expressly understand and agree that this software is a non-commercially
developed program that may contain "bugs" (as that term is used in the
industry) and that it may not function as intended. The software is licensed
"as is". NSA makes no, and hereby expressly disclaims all, warranties,
express, implied, statutory, or otherwise with respect to the software,
including noninfringement and the implied warranties of merchantability and
fitness for a particular purpose.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
In no event will NSA be liable for any damages, including loss of data, lost
profits, cost of cover, or other special, incidental, consequential, direct or
indirect damages arising from the software or the use thereof, however caused
and on any theory of liability. This limitation will apply even if NSA has
been advised of the possibility of such damage. I acknowledge that this is a
reasonable allocation of risk.
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