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Re: [Fwd: Re: Debian based GNU/Solaris: pilot program]

On Wed, 2005-11-02 at 21:04 -0800, Erast Benson wrote:
> On Wed, 2005-11-02 at 18:54 -0800, Thomas Bushnell BSG wrote:
> > Bernd Eckenfels <ecki@lina.inka.de> writes:
> > 
> > > Ubuntu is not an official Debian Port.
> > >
> > >> on another hand, GNU/Solaris uses different kernel and libc, which
> > >> brings many non-Debian-related issues into play.
> > >
> > > There is also hurd or freebsd kernel ports for debian, so those projects are
> > > similiar.
> > 
> > With the distinctive difference that:
> > 
> > The Hurd port does not use a different libc;
> > Those projects' kernel and library are GPL-compatible...
> FreeBSD kernel under BSD license and not GPL-compatible.
> Native GNU libc do not make any difference since it is a part of "system
> runtime" which includes: kernel, libc, compiler, etc (as per GPL). In
> fact, it is even more controversial, since it is not just linking with
> "system runtime" problem anymore, it actually uses kernel's headers
> files, macros, inlines, etc. The same for Darwin port.
> In a sense, Nexenta OS is yet another OpenSolaris-based distribution,
> like SchiliX, BeliniX or Solaris when it will be fully based on
> OpenSolaris (as StarOffice today).
> Erast

IANAL by any means, and have never had much particular interest in
licensing issues such as these, but after maybe twenty minutes of
"research" it seems the BSD license as we know it today *is* compatible
with the GPL. The advertising clause that the FSF/Stallman/whoever had a
problem with, was removed years ago, and apparently the NetBSD project
is the only one still using a four clause version similar to the
original BSD license. If I'm wrong, please correct me, as this issue
does interest me.

I'm someone who has a big interest in projects such as Debian
GNU/kFreeBSD and have made small contributions along the way. I would've
liked to be able to say the same thing about Debian GNU/Solaris one day.
The techincal side sounds just as exciting, but the community and
marketing side of things is slowly turning me sour.

Joshua Cummings

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