OpenLDAP license

Karsten M. Self kmself at
Tue Apr 10 08:30:15 UTC 2001

on Mon, Apr 09, 2001 at 10:38:41PM -0700, Ryan S. Dancey (ryand at wrote:
> > This is the case of the Berkeley license, for example.  The Berkeley
> > license is OSD-compliant.  However, anybody who receives a legal copy
> > of code under the Berkeley license may redistribute it themselves
> > under different terms.  In particular, the Berkeley license permits
> > binary-only redistribution.
> So my question remains:  Is the OSD as written too specific regarding its
> requirement that the source code be commonly and easily available to
> recipients of the software?
> My opinion is that the OSD reflects the ethical position put forward by the
> champions of Free Software, and that it represents their intent as to what
> should and should not be considered "Open Source".
> I hate to sound like a nag, but I just can't reconcile "The program must
> include source code" with "a binary-only distribution is acceptable."

You're reading and quoting with difficulty.

For the second time today:  

    The program must include source code, and must allow distribution
    in source code as well as compiled information about form. 

Again, the initial (OSD-compliant) distribution must include source.
The licensing terms must allow for distribution of source.  The license
need not *compel* distribution of source.  Following an OSD-compliant
distribution, downstream distributions may either be OSD-compliant or

E.g.:  releasing software with sources under the GNU GPL is OSD compliant,
and all downstream releases will be complaint.  

E.g.:  releasing software with sources under the MIT license is OSD
compliant, however downstream releases may or may not be compliant (the
MIT license doesn't compell source availability, however it *permits*

Karsten M. Self <kmself at>
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