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Re: sybase license and openWatcom DFSGness

On Mon, Aug 01, 2016 at 11:24:46AM +0000, Gianfranco Costamagna wrote:

> SeaBIOS license is not used by VirtualBox,

I was just mentioning it because it is a BIOS and it is compiled by GCC,
so it was an argument that OpenWatcom is not a requirement to build
working BIOS code.

> and I think a good reason for
> excluding it is:
> "SeaBIOS may be distributed under the terms of the GNU LGPLv3 license. Both source code and binaries are available."
> Virtualbox is under GPL-2 with a lot of exception, allowing it to be used with MPL, Apache 2.0, OpenSSL.
> So, LGPL-3 will be too restrictive I think for them.

It should be fine to combine GPL-2 and LGPL-3. Also, if the BIOS is just
a separate thing from the virtual machine emulator itself, there should
be no problem having wildly different licenses. But of course, if
VirtualBox's emulator code heavily depends on their specific BIOS,
things are different.

Met vriendelijke groet / with kind regards,
      Guus Sliepen <guus@debian.org>

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