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Re: [Dazuko-devel] Licenses

From: S Wade
Subject: Re: [Dazuko-devel] Licenses
Date: Sun, 18 May 2003 11:18:00 -0700

It seems like a good idea to me, especially since the license isn't changing for Linux. I don't like the idea of changes not getting back to us, but I imagine people, if not companies, would rather have the dazuko team's support and input on their changes rather than hording them. And since these new platforms won't be supported overnight, that will give us a chance to try them on one at a time and possibly adopt a different license if needed.

Do you have an address handy for the text of the current BSD license?

However, any company I worked for wouldn't touch a license change without running it through the legal department. Can we do something similar?


From: John Ogness <address@hidden>
Reply-To: address@hidden
To: address@hidden
Subject: [Dazuko-devel] Licenses
Date: Sun, 18 May 2003 14:07:57 +0200


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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