Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Jan 2007 18:08 UTC
BSD and Darwin derivatives "Flameeyes (a Gentoo/FreeBSD developer) recently came up with some serious problems among the various *BSD projects who use BSD-4 licensed code (which is all of them). Even other projects like Open Darwin may be affected. The saga started when he discovered the license problems with libkvm and start-stop-daemon. "libkvm is a userspace interface to FreeBSD kernel, and it's licensed under the original BSD license, BSD-4 if you want, the one with the nasty advertising clause." start-stop-daemon links to libkvm, but it's licensed under the GPL which is incompatible with the advertising clause. The good news is that the University of California/Berkley has given people permission to drop the advertising clause. The bad news is that libkvm has code from many other sources and each of them needs to give their permission for the license to be changed. At the moment, development on the Gentoo/FreeBSD is on hold and the downloads have been removed from the Gentoo mirrors."
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RE[2]: GPL...
by wargum on Mon 8th Jan 2007 20:08 UTC in reply to "RE: GPL..."
wargum
Member since:
2006-12-15

"restrictive for whom."

Everybody, developers and users.

"GPL3 makes my life *less* *restrictive* that the point or have you not been keeping up. Seriously you should read about the license."

The GPL v3 doesn't give me the right to decide whether I want use DRM software or not. How is this not a ristriction? Gimme a break...

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RE[3]: GPL...
by ubit on Tue 9th Jan 2007 01:52 in reply to "RE[2]: GPL..."
ubit Member since:
2006-09-08

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The GPL v3 doesn't give me the right to decide whether I want use DRM software or not. How is this not a ristriction? Gimme a break...
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WRONG it restricts use on DRM'd hardware like Tivo and (probably Sveasoft's firmware for routers), that stops you from running modifications on it with the source they give. Look up "Tivoization". It has nothing to do with software DRM.

And yes GPL3 does stop the deal with Novell-- isn't that a good thing for the people who chose to license under it? The deal specifically leaves commercial vendors out of their patent blanket and open for suits.

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