[Date Prev][Date Next] [Thread Prev][Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

Re: XFree86 license difficulties

On Fri, Jan 30, 2004 at 12:31:44PM -0700, paul cannon wrote:
> Since this issue has made it to slashdot [1], it may be the appropriate
> time for some discussion here. I haven't seen any here yet, but I may

Mentioning slashdot in the first line of a post isn't a good way to gain
credibility.  :)

> To summarize, an announcement [2] by David Dawes from last night indicates
> that the XFree86 Project, Inc. intends to release version 4.4.0 with a
> different license than the one it had before.

Well, it was nice for a while, being able to say the "X11 license" and have
everyone know what you meant: the simplest commonplace permissive license

> The change that causes problems is the addition of the third condition:
> ]  3. The end-user documentation included with the redistribution, if
> ]     any, must include the following acknowledgment: "This product
> ]     includes software developed by The XFree86 Project, Inc
> ]     (http://www.xfree86.org/) and its contributors", in the same place
> ]     and form as other third-party acknowledgments. Alternately, this
> ]     acknowledgment may appear in the software itself, in the same form
> ]     and location as other such third-party acknowledgments.
> Several posters on slashdot and elsewhere have mentioned the similarity
> between this and the old, obnoxious BSD "advertising clause":
> ]  3. All advertising materials mentioning features or use of this
> ]     software must display the following acknowledgement:
> ]        This product includes software developed by the University of
> ]        California, Berkeley and its contributors.

Requiring an acknowledgement in the documentation (README) isn't comparable
to requiring it in advertising (banner ads).

I believe it's still GPL-incompatible.  See "The Phorum License, Version
1.2" on http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/license-list.html .

Glenn Maynard

Reply to: