Synaptics MIT license approved
mjg59 at srcf.ucam.org
Wed May 16 13:38:58 PDT 2007
I'm sorry for not having noticed this earlier, but I think there's some
fairly serious issues here. From the email you sent:
"the synaptics driver was developed under the GPLv2 license while the
X.org sources are licensed unter MIT/X11. These licenses are so
called "incompatible". That means you cannot ship X.org sources along
with the synaptics sources."
This is simply untrue - there's no incompatibility between MIT/X11 and
GPL, and it would be perfectly permissable to ship the X.org sources
along with the synaptics sources. It's a policy decision on the part of
the X.org developers not to include GPLed source, but there's no
legal reason why they couldn't.
"currently the driver cannot be run with the latest X.org release and
not even the former release"
That's kind of odd, since I'm running it against both 1.2 and 1.3 right
Put simply, the email you sent requesting permission for the license
change contains factual inaccuracies. If people have decided to grant
permission for the license change based on this, I think they could
quite legitimately claim to have been misled. I'd recommend contacting
everyone again with an apology for the previous request, an explanation
of what the state of affairs actually is and then ask for permission to
change the license again.
On the other hand, I'm still not clear why this is an issue. There's no
problem hosting non-MIT/X11 code on freedesktop.org, so it could be kept
with the X.org source even without changing the license. I also don't
see an especially strong argument for why incorporating it into the
xserver source code would result in any significantly greater level of
development. What goal are you actually trying to achieve, and why do
you think relicensing would achieve it?
Matthew Garrett | mjg59 at srcf.ucam.org
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