Re: Looking for +info about the license of a new package: Ossec
Jose Antonio Quevedo wrote:
The license can be founded here:
What can you tell me about it?
I find the the fact that they belive including the program in a propritary
installer executable creates a derivitive work worrysome. Normally that is
considered mere aggregation, and only rquires that they make the source
available. Then there is the worry that they feel that any program that
executes their code is a derivative work. I've seen plenty of propritary
programs that include GPL'd programs in the background interacting with them
soley through the limited interfaces the program provides on the command
line. AFAIK the FSF has always considered that acceptable. This allows
things like proprietary GUIs to be built around GPL'd programs. An execlent
example would be a propritary IDE built around GDB, GCC, and GNU Make. That
would be considered acceptable, and standard procedure would be to include
the GPL''d programs in the same installer executable.
Further the if-it-executes-this-code-it-is-a-derived-work
interpretationimpacts not just propritary software, but free software that
wished to utilize the program. It is especially troublesome since it
prevents a gui wrapper that is free, but has a GPL incompatible license from
Now this is all assuming that a court is willing to accept Ossec's
interpretation, and not use the more traditional interpretation, but since
it is usually better to fall on the side of caution, this is a good
assumption to make.