Intel's proposed BSD + Patent License
Karsten M. Self
kmself at ix.netcom.com
Wed Oct 31 08:45:22 UTC 2001
on Tue, Oct 30, 2001 at 09:32:40PM -0800, David Johnson (david at usermode.org) wrote:
> 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?
I'd disqualify it on 6, but not 8. It's not specific to a product, but
it *is* specific to a field of endeavor: OS applications.
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