Free World Licence and clauses 5,6,8 & 9 of OSS definition.
arromdee at rahul.net
Tue Oct 19 02:30:24 UTC 1999
On Tue, 19 Oct 1999, Ross N. Williams wrote:
> The FWL does not discriminate in relation to a PARTICULAR
> software distribution. Instead, it discriminates in relation
> to a CLASS of distributions - the free ones.
> clause 8 was designed to prevent OS vendors calling "OSS"
> software that could only be legally run on their platform.
If it means what you say it means, what's to prevent someone from defining a
class consisting of "Windows 95 and all successor operating systems"? That's
certainly a class as opposed to a particular operating system.
"With respect to a particular software distribution" means that if you need to
know what the distribution is to know whether you're allowed to use the
software, it's failed the test.
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