License committee report for January 2008

Rick Moen rick at
Sun Jan 27 22:42:16 UTC 2008

[Snip license-review from distribution, as being no longer appropriate.]

Quoting Philippe Verdy (verdy_p at

> If the clause is still creating incompatibilities with FreeBSD due to the
> mandatory status, then the licence is still open-source (or free according
> to FSF requirements with regard to possible GPL compatibility)....

FSF have _never_ required that free-software licences be in any way
compatible with GPL-licensed works.  I could point you to the FSF page
listing a huge number of GPL-incompatible licence as being, in their
view, free software licences, but I'm pretty sure you know where it is,

Rick Moen                      Linux for Intel:  Party like it's 2037!
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