alasdairrr at gmail.com
Fri Sep 24 19:50:22 UTC 2010
On 24 Sep 2010, at 20:44, Chris Ridd wrote:
> On 24 Sep 2010, at 20:41, Alasdair Lumsden wrote:
>> On 23 Sep 2010, at 06:19, Albert Lee wrote:
>>> "2.1.2 Linux/FreeBSD/OpenSolaris Exception. Notwithstanding the
>>> foregoing terms of Section 2.1.1, SOFTWARE designed exclusively for
>>> use on the Linux or FreeBSD operating systems, or other operating
>>> systems derived from the source code to these operating systems, may
>>> be copied and redistributed, provided that the binary files thereof
>>> are not modified in any way (except for unzipping of compressed
>> They've changed that - holy cow. If I'm not mistaken, that now means we can ship the latest nVidia drivers! :D
>> Previously it said "Linux" not "Linux/FreeBSD/OpenSolaris"!
> Unfortunately line 3 just says "the Linux or FreeBSD operating systems [or derivatives]", so we can't do it yet.
That's probably an omission/oversight - the header of the clause clearly includes OpenSolaris. I think if we went ahead and redistributed the nVidia driver and nVidia decided to kick up a fuss, we'd have reasonable ground for defending ourselves.
I'm 99% certain the clause previously only stated Linux - someone has taken the time to add FreeBSD and OpenSolaris so its reasonably clear their intentions are for the drivers to be redistributable for open source operating systems.
I'd say we should seek clarification, but assume it's now fine to redistribute it unless told otherwise.
That's my interpretation anyway.
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