Legacy? Re: For Approval: The MirOS Licence

Thorsten Glaser tg at mirbsd.de
Wed Jul 9 14:45:12 UTC 2008

Ernest Prabhakar dixit:

> It sounds like MirOS is a *new* license, only used in code
> copyrighted by you, so the "legacy" issue doesn't apply.

This is not entirely correct… it’s not new, I’m not the only developer
of the MirOS Project, and there have been people outside the project
using it too… although I’d probably have a hard time citing more than
2-3 people since I never bothered to look, either. So I’m indeed having
a weak argumentation base here.

(Note that the OpenBSD project doesn’t view the ISC licence as legacy.)

But look at it from this POV: it’s the equivalent of the MIT/BSD/ISC
style licences for European developers. None of the existing licences
in “copycenter” style (and only very few in “copyleft” style) meet our
requirements. This is one of the reasons I apply again.

Sometimes they [people] care too much: pretty printers [and syntax highligh-
ting, d.A.] mechanically produce pretty output that accentuates irrelevant
detail in the program, which is as sensible as putting all the prepositions
in English text in bold font.	-- Rob Pike in "Notes on Programming in C"

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