XFree86 -- new license

Branden Robinson branden@deadbeast.net
Mon, 16 Feb 2004 02:52:36 -0500

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On Mon, Feb 16, 2004 at 01:03:34AM -0500, Mike A. Harris wrote:
> Branden Robinson of the Debian project has put together a list of
> license related issues contained in XFree86's source tree, and=20
> efforts are underway to remove code which is considered to be=20
> non-open source, or under too restrictive of license terms.

N.B., that list isn't comprehensive.  Practically all of the Mesa stuff
is under a problematic license called "SGI FREE SOFTWARE LICENSE B", and
aggravatingly grepping for this string doesn't find the files licensed
under it.  Look for "FreeB" instead.

The list I prepared was an enumeration of potenitally
4-clause-BSD-licensed materials, and it was drawn up specifically to
counter David Dawes's assertion that saddling major parts of the XFree86
source distribution with an advertising clause, or one that had the GPL
dynamics of one, was not really a change in the licensing policy.

> I very much look forward to working together in collaboration
> with yourself, the Debian project, FreeBSD, Mandrake, SuSE, X.org
> foundation, the other BSDs, and any/all other interested parties
> on a true open source solution for the needs of X11 users and
> developers.

Hear, hear.

G. Branden Robinson            |       One man's "magic" is another man's
Free Software Developer        |       engineering.  "Supernatural" is a
branden@deadbeast.net          |       null word.
http://deadbeast.net/~branden/ |       -- Robert Heinlein

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