IBM Public License and Debian Linux..... Not compatible?

Ian Lance Taylor ian at
Thu May 3 01:42:27 UTC 2001

"Carter Bullard" <carter at> writes:

>    I have released some software under a modified IBM Public
> License.  The powers that be at Debian Linux are stating
> that the license, and thus the IBM Public License, does not
> meet their definition of "free".  I've included the Debian
> definition of "free" below.  My modifications to the IBM
> Public License are so slight that you can assume that my
> license is equivalent to the IBM License.

What are their arguments?  Is there a mail thread on the web somewhere
or something?


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