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OfB.biz: Stallman Responds to XFree86 License Change

Feb 19, 2004, 14:00 (20 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Timothy R. Butler for this link. ]

"The wake of the controversial XFree86 license modifications that will premier in XFree86 4.4 is growing larger each day. It now appears that Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Mandrake Linux, Debian GNU/Linux, OpenBSD and Gentoo Linux will be sticking with XFree86 4.3 in their next respective releases. With such a large controversy surrounding the license, we decided to ask Free Software Foundation founder and president Richard M. Stallman about the issue.

"First we wanted to know--did Stallman see this as a mutation of the old BSD licensing clause? 'This is not an advertising clause such as the old BSD license had.' Stallman continued, 'It is a requirement for giving credit in the distro. In spirit it is like the revised BSD license, and there is nothing wrong with that...'"

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