Re: a Free Platform License?
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- Subject: Re: a Free Platform License?
- From: "Clark C. Evans" <email@example.com>
- Date: Sun, 04 Dec 2011 15:21:24 -0500
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From: "Clark C. Evans" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 04 Dec 2011 13:38:20 -0500
Subject: a Free Island Public License?
Please find for your amusement and hopeful commentary
a different take on what it means to be Free Software.
FREE ISLAND PUBLIC LICENSE
This software is licensed for any purpose excepting
the right to make publicly available derived works
which depend exclusively upon non-free software.
So long as this copyright and license are included in
all substantial copies of this work you may:
1. Publicly copy and use verbatim copies of this
work including public distribution and performance.
2. Privately deal with this work in any way you wish,
including internal usage, copying, and modification
of this work.
You may also make publicly available via distribution
or public performance any Derived Work only if the
following conditions are met:
1. the preferred source code for the Derived Work must
be made freely available under this license;
2. the Derived Work must pass the Free Island test.
By "Derived Work" we mean a modified copy or adaptation
of this work or a separate work such as a plug-in,
protocol adapter, or wrapper which is designed to have
intimate interactions with this work's operational
details, or interfaces.
A Derived Work passes the "Free Island" test if it could
be prepared, modified, compiled, tested, installed, and
operated in a manner advertised or expected using only
commodity hardware, Free Software, this software, and
the Derived Work itself. In particular, the Derived
Work fails the test if it in any way depends upon remote
network interaction or interfaces to works that do not
have a Free Software implementation.
By Free Software we mean any software which is readily
available to the public without fee and this license,
any license approved by the Open Source Initiative or
any license considered free by the Free Software Foundation.
A safe harbor for passing the Free Island test is if
the Derived Work is fully usable as intended when
compiled & installed on a Debian virtual machine using
software only from its 'free' distribution and KVM.
If the Derived Work was created for interaction with
other works, then it must be fully testable in
conjunction with a Free Software alternative of this
work as available on this virtual machine.
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IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, AGAINST INFRINGEMENT, TITLE AND
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL
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