Request Review for RTEMS License (Legacy?)
joel.sherrill at oarcorp.com
Mon Aug 18 14:50:16 UTC 2008
Project: RTEMS (http://www.rtems.org)
The RTEMS license is a modified GPLv2 which is based
upon the license used for the GCC language run-times.
According to our CVS history, RTEMS has used this license
since April 1997. Since this predates the OSI's founding
so I think that makes this a legacy license. :-D
Unfortunately, when we selected this license, there was
no standardization amongst the various GNU language
run-times on the language of a "GPL plus run-time exception".
Certainly there was no named license to just use. The
RTEMS exception text is closest to that of the GNU Ada
run-time. But that used Ada language specific words
like generic. Since we did not want a language specific
licence, the RTEMS version uses much broader language
and does not reflect a particular language.
I am the project maintainer and respectfully request
a review and the Trac Maintainers to open a ticket.
Joel Sherrill, Ph.D. Director of Research & Development
joel.sherrill at OARcorp.com On-Line Applications Research
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