Re: ITP: kernel-patch-selinux
First of all, I doubt that you're going to have too much trouble getting a
response from SElinux. They've been pretty good on responding to their
mailinglist: which, I might add, I see more than one Debian Developer has
contributed to, yet you have not. It would behoove you to actually look
as if you really cared before ITPing.
Secondly, since Debian's warranty is "no warranty", I fail to see how the
expression of that in a license makes it non-free.
Thirdly, isn't this a question for -legal?
On Sat, 22 Sep 2001, Russell Coker wrote:
>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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