Re: License furor
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"Due to the new XFree86 1.1 license introduced in XFree86 4.4 (final), later additions to XFree86 may not be incorporated into our codebase."
"This product includes software developed by The XFree86 Project, Inc (http://www.xfree86.org/) and its contributors."
I'm new to this list, and I hope you'll forgive me if this topic has been covered ad nauseum, but I'm having a hard time finding lucid discussion of the license issue. The signal-to-noise ratio off of search engines is pretty low right now.
It seems, from what I can find, that the major kerfuffle is over condition 3 of the license requiring that end-user documentation have an attribution. Honestly, I really don't have to much issue with the new license personally, but it seems to me that you accomplish exactly the same end by dropping condition 3 altogether, and simply putting the same statement ("This product includes software developed by the XFree86 Project, Inc and its contributors") directly into the top of the license agreement. Condition 2 of the license, then, would then act as condition 3 as well.
Since the wanted attribution is now right in the copyright notice, and condition 2 requires the copyright notice and license ("this list of conditions") be retained, it would have exactly the same effect. This way, the statement would then have to appear wherever the software was distributed, which would strengthen the attribution, but it would be no different from the GPL which requires that copies of its license be distributed with GPL works too.
I have run Linux since the primary "distribution" was SLS. That was in the days of XFree86 1.3 or so, I think. I have never, ever, not known that my X-Windows was Xfree86. I think there are few in the Linux/BSD/GNU world that don't know. I would hate for an issue like this to cause a fork - which is what it looks like a lot of people are talking about right now. We're never going to go back to the "good ole days" when people, as a rule, downloaded and installed XF86 versions themselves. Some people will. Most will use distributions. I would sure like to see this issue settled without causing a mass migration to X.org, or to a fork in XFree.
p.s. Here is how I see the new license...
Version 1.2 Sample...
This product includes software developed by the XFree86 Project, Inc and its contributors. Copyright (C) yyyy-yyyy The XFree86 Project, Inc. All rights reserved.
Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicence, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:
1. Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions, and the following disclaimer.
2. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution, and in the same place and form as other copyright, license and disclaimer information.
4. Except as contained in this notice, the name of The XFree86 Project, Inc shall not be used in advertising or otherwise to promote the sale, use or other dealings in this Software without prior written authorization from The XFree86 Project, Inc.
THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED ``AS IS'' AND ANY EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE XFREE86 PROJECT, INC OR ITS CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.
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