Revisiting the license unification idea
daniel at fooishbar.org
Mon Oct 8 13:40:19 PDT 2007
On Mon, Oct 08, 2007 at 09:28:54PM +0100, Daniel Drake wrote:
> Daniel Stone wrote:
> >Unfortunately, we're extremely unlikely to get anything along these
> >lines from HP/TOG (core code), SGI (XKB), et al. There are a few
> >friendly vendors who would co-operate, but we're still left with
> >enormous swathes of the DIX holding the old license.
> >It'd be nice to get a legal opinion on a change of this clause to
> >something far more like GPL section 1 ('don't remove anything from the
> >source'), but I don't know who I'd want to ask there. SFLC?
> Where do we stand on this? Are you still considering modifying our
> proposed 'official license' to make life easier for binary distributors
> (even given that some big contributors will not change to it). Have you
> contacted the X.Org foundation board on any of these topics?
I contacted the board about this a little while ago, and we're seeking
advice from the SFLC on whether to just remove the paragraph entirely,
or reword it.
> I'm neutral on which license form we should use. A modified version (to
> make binary redistribution easier) would be great, but involves legal
> work etc, and we still have huge amounts of code not under that license
> for binary distributors to worry about.
> An unmodified version might make the process go quicker but I still have
> a lot of work to do and license-compliant binary distribution is still a
I suspect that, either way, the recommendation will be to go with a
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