Intel's proposed BSD + Patent License

David Johnson david at
Wed Oct 31 05:32:40 UTC 2001

On Tuesday 30 October 2001 09:07 pm, Russell Nelson wrote:

>  > ??? GPL my copy of FreeBSD ???
>  >
>  > Precisely how do I go about this? Replace all copies of the BSD license
>  > under /usr/src and recompile?
> Why bother?  Why not simply decide in your own head that, if you ever
> give away a copy of your FreeBSD, you'll do so under the GPL.  Poof,
> instant GPL'ed operating system.

Okay, we can play fun little metaphysical games with the BSD license, but it 
ignores an important point: the BSD+Patent License restricts what operating 
systems you may use it on. I can't use it on Solaris, QNX or IRIX. And I 
can't use it on some imaginary MPL or QPL licensed OS. This is a violation of 
clause 8. Wasn't the OpenMotif license reject for the same reason?

David Johnson
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