Opened 9 years ago

Closed 7 years ago

#1 closed task (fixed)

Licensing concerns

Reported by: Lewisr Owned by: Ben Rietbroek
Priority: major Milestone:
Component: Boot Manager Version:
Keywords: license GPL Cc:


README.TXT states that the application is distributed under GPLv3. However, the (earlier) DISCLAIM.TXT includes the following:

This software may not be used in any way by US government. This means it may not be used on any US government/military computers in any case. It also means that if you are working for US government in any way, then you are not allowed to use it as well.

Setting aside for a moment the closing remarks in that file, I'm wondering whether this file is still relevant, and should be removed.

As an aside, I have always been bothered by the content of DISCLAIM.TXT, and this has kept me from ever using the software. Now that eCS 2.1 relies upon this is an official replacement for BM, my choices for my own installations are limited.

If the restrictions in this file still apply, then I do not believe that the applicdation is in compliance with GPLv3. However, if these restrictions are to apply, then a modified GPL should be used (and I will find another application).

GPLv3 should also be included in the package.

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gpl-3.0.txt (34.3 KB) - added by Lewisr 9 years ago.
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Change History (4)

Changed 9 years ago by Lewisr

Attachment: gpl-3.0.txt added

GPLv3 (plain text)

comment:1 Changed 9 years ago by Ben Rietbroek

AiR-BOOT is licenced under the GPLv3+.

This license does not allow restrictions as mentioned in DISCLAIM.TXT and therefore
the content of this file is rendered obsolete / not applicable.
It will be adjusted or completely removed in the upcoming release.
Other files will also be checked for GPLv3+ incompatible content.

Thank you for observing this issue.

comment:2 Changed 8 years ago by Ben Rietbroek

Owner: changed from somebody to Ben Rietbroek
Status: newaccepted

comment:3 Changed 7 years ago by Ben Rietbroek

Resolution: fixed
Status: acceptedclosed

In the (yet to commit) v1.1.0 source-tree:
Existing documents in DOCS\GENERIC are rectified.
There is a new DOCS\LICENSE directory containing the GNU GPL v3 license
in both plain text and html format.

AiR-BOOT v1.1.0 will be released together with eComStation v2.2.
After that, this repository will be updated to contain all modifications
that are still in the local pipe-line. (Thus up to and including v1.1.0)

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