Free World Licence.
Ross N. Williams
ross at rocksoft.com
Tue Oct 19 01:08:16 UTC 1999
At 12:26 AM -0700 18/10/99, Bruce Perens wrote:
>From: "Ross N. Williams" <ross at rocksoft.com>
>> Free : GNU/Linux (often called just "Linux"
>A license discussion! What a breath of fresh air compared to what we've
>been seeing lately on the license-discuss list :-)
>1. There are lots of Linux systems that contain non-free components. That's
>why we make this determination at the program level rather than the system
Aren't those sort of non-free components typically above the OS level?
My definition requires that only the parts that my program needs to
run be free.
>2. Restricting to "free platforms" as you define them would be contrary
>to section #9 of the Open Source Definition:
> 9. License Must Not Contaminate Other Software.
> The license must not place restrictions on other software that
> is distributed along with the licensed software. For example,
> the license must not insist that all other programs distributed
> on the same medium must be open-source software.
This isn't true. The licence has a GNU-like clause as follows:
AGGREGATION: Mere aggregation of another work not based on
the Module with the Module (or with a work based on the
Module) on a volume of a storage or distribution medium does
not bring the other work under the scope of this Licence.
Dr Ross N. Williams (ross at rocksoft.com), +61 8 8232-6262 (fax-6264).
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