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Re: SELinux patent time bomb?

On Tue, Oct 11, 2005 at 03:32:57PM +0530, Mahesh Pai wrote:
> On 10/11/05, Lionel Elie Mamane <lionel@mamane.lu> wrote:
> > See http://lwn.net/Articles/2376/ .

> > According to LWN (and other websites which have taken LWN as a
> > source), there may be a patent-time bomb affecting SELinux: Secure
> > Computing Corporation, who wrote a significant part of SELinux, holds
> > patents on it, but doesn't give a clear-cut license, only a
> > retractable statement that they don't intend to sue anybody except a
> > few usage classes.

> But, the patents have been implemented by the patent holder themselves
> in software, and the software is released under the GNU GPL? and the
> GNU GPL does contain a clause for grant of patent license. So, what is
> the problem?

That's not what /usr/share/doc/libselinux/copyright says on my system.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
vorlon@debian.org                                   http://www.debian.org/

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