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Linux.com: License Compliance Issues Could Affect All BSD-Derived Distributions

Jan 09, 2007, 23:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mayank Sharma)

"The Gentoo/FreeBSD project, which combines the FreeBSD kernel with Gentoo Linux design principles, is in a fix. Its lead developer, Diego 'Flameeyes' Pettenò, discovered licensing issues while working on the libkvm library and the start-stop-daemon--and Pettenò says that the problem might not be limited to his project, but could trap other BSD-derived projects as well.

"'The licensing trouble began,' says Pettenò, 'when I looked up the license under which libkvm was released, as I was going to link into a GPLv2 software (portage-utils, a Gentoo-specific utilities package), and I found it using the four-clause BSD license (the original one, basically)...'"

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