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[Dazuko-devel] Licenses

From: John Ogness
Subject: [Dazuko-devel] Licenses
Date: Sun, 18 May 2003 14:07:57 +0200
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I guess I should have anticipated this topic from the start. If Dazuko wants to evolve to be a cross-platform standard, it needs a license that will permit this. Unfortunately, the GPL license would make things very difficult (if not impossible) for MacOS X, FreeBSD, Solaris, and Windows integration. I understand and respect the GPL, however I feel it will hinder Dazuko from becoming a cross-platform standard for file access control.

I would like to move Dazuko to a BSD license (just as I have already done with the interface). On Linux, this shouldn't change anything. When Dazuko is built using the Linux source, it will fall under the GPL license (which is ok, because the GPL also satisfies BSD). This means that Dazuko under Linux will still be GPL'd (as it is currently), but it also means that under other operating systems it will BSD. This will even satisfy Microsoft licensing.

What is the downside? It would mean that on non-Linux operating systems, organizations could make changes to Dazuko and not be required to display or recommit their changes. I, however, feel that this is a minor issue and that Dazuko would not become a platform for organizational disputes and competitions.

Before moving Dazuko to a BSD license, I would like to get some feedback about it. I will also be contacting the other developers to get their specific input:
        Andre Duclos
        Danilo Massa
        Steve Wade

With the DazukoXP middle layer well underway, a FreeBSD port of Dazuko is sure to come soon. I don't want to get tangled in licensing issues when we get there.

John Ogness

Dazuko Maintainer

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