chuck at codefab.com
Sat Feb 12 22:29:14 UTC 2005
Xavier Noria wrote:
> 1. Free Redistribution
> Since this condition explicitly talks about redistribution within a
> software distribution that contains software _from different sources_,
> my understanding is that it does not apply to redistribution of the very
> software alone, as if I want to pass it to my friend. Is that right?
OSD #1 does not apply to the source code alone.
> If it was the case I don't see whether copying of the software itself is
> covered in the definition, which surely signals some misunderstanding on
> my side.
See OSD #2.
> 6. No discrimination about fields of Endeavor
> Is there an example of a software that provides its source code and does
> not satisfy this?
Several of the roguelike games, such as Moria, Angband, probably Omega:
" This software may be copied and distributed for educational, research, and
not for profit purposes provided that this copyright and statement are
included in all such copies."
> 9. License Must Not Restrict Other Software
> MySQL seems to restrict this _outside_ the license, as metaconditions
> under which you can get a license for the database. But MySQL is one of
> those paradigmatic Open Source programs, why that is not a contradiction?
Does this answer your question:
> 10. License Must Be Technology-Neutral
> Does this mean that an Open Source license cannot be presented by some
> particular installation software so that the user is presented with an
> accept button?
No, presenting the license via a dialog box is fine. But the license cannot
prevent someone from forking a new version of the software which does not have
an automated acceptance.
> Or does it mean that _the license wording_ says anything about it?
> If it was the latter, do you have an example of a license that mentions
> some interface for its acceptance or some other violation of this
> restriction? I've googled for "click-wrap" but didn't find an example.
> (The more popular de product the better.)
Try getting the source code to Java from Sun.
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