RE: web2ldap -- cgi and standalone web server that allows browsing and editing LDAP
Clause 5. fails DFSG 5. (discrimination against persons), clause 8. is a
noxious termination clause (but not specifically DFSG-unfree, see e.g.
Apple's "open" license), and clause 9. is an even more noxious choice of law
clause (Virginia == UCITA == blech). I'd recommend somebody undertake a
"clean-room" rewrite of the parser module & license it with GPL or LGPL just
to be safe.
Standard disclaimers apply.
Eric R. Sherrill, WF Software Systems Engineer
Texas Instruments HFAB1 Automation Systems
Stafford, TX 77477-3006
From: Tommi Virtanen [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, December 21, 2000 6:38 AM
Subject: RFP: web2ldap -- cgi and standalone web server that allows
browsing and editing LDAP
[If no one takes this up, I'll probably retitle it to ITP in a month.
-legal people, have a look at the license below, and the usage of it
as a module in a GPLed work. I am not subscribed to -legal, so keep
me Cc:ed or report your findings to the wnpp bug. Thank you.]
Directory services like LDAP are suitable for holding a lot of
organizational information in a standarized database scheme. LDAP is
very handy for e.g. providing centralized addressbooks for the users
of an organization. Widely used mail client software like Netscape
Messenger or Outlook have already built-in support for accessing
directory services through LDAP for retrieving personal data like mail
addresses or certificate data.
However some situations arise in which there is a strong need for
a robuste and flexible LDAP client software which provides add/modify of
access to the directory without having LDAP capable client software
(e.g. via WWW).
a secure LDAP client with clean login behaviour.
hiding the LDAP service behind a firewall.
encryption for LDAP access over unsecure networks.
This is why web2ldap was developed which aims to be a full-featured LDAPv2+
GPL, but has non-GPL component. Not sure how free that makes it.
Cc: to debian-legal.
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