[License-review] For Legacy Approval: eCos License version 2.0

Richard Fontana fontana at sharpeleven.org
Fri Aug 29 15:52:12 UTC 2014

On Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 08:13:28AM +0100, John Dallaway wrote:
> The eCos License version 2.0 has been in widespread use since May 2002
> as the license of the eCos real-time operating system. It is based on
> the GNU General Public License version 2 and incorporates an exception
> clause which limits the circumstances in which the license applies to
> other code when used in conjunction with eCos-licensed code.
> The eCos License version 2.0 is officially recognised as a
> GPL-compatible free software license by the Free Software Foundation.
> On behalf of the eCos maintainers I am hereby submitting the eCos
> License version 2.0 to be considered for Legacy Approval as an Open
> Source License.

I don't believe the OSI has generally considered for certification
permissive exceptions to the GPL or other Open Source licenses (though
I'm not sure if that's written-down official policy). I think only
LGPLv3 would fall into this category and it is historically a special

- RF

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