discuss: No Warranty License.

John Cowan cowan at mercury.ccil.org
Fri Feb 28 11:17:36 UTC 2003

Nathan Kelley scripsit:

> Those in the proprietary software business aren't allowed to re-use 
> code from any software licensed under any OSD-compliant license in 
> their proprietary products without conforming to the conditions of the 
> license, making their product nonproprietary; 

This is by no means true.  Only a minority of Open Source licenses have
this so-called "viral" property, like the GPL.  Windows, e.g., comes with the
BSD-licensed TCP/IP command-line tools, but the Windows versions of them are
completely proprietary.

John Cowan           http://www.ccil.org/~cowan              cowan at ccil.org
To say that Bilbo's breath was taken away is no description at all.  There
are no words left to express his staggerment, since Men changed the language
that they learned of elves in the days when all the world was wonderful.
        --_The Hobbit_
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