When will we can use ZFS v24?
cswiger at mac.com
Thu Apr 8 21:31:01 UTC 2010
On Apr 8, 2010, at 2:18 PM, krad wrote:
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>> is that even possible with CDDL?
> im not a lawyer but it wouldn't surprise me
I'm not a lawyer either, but I was active in reviewing and suggesting changes to CDDL submission for OSI approval back in 2004.
A copyright owner always has the ability to relicense their code under other terms, but existing code is guaranteed to be available, redistributable to others, etc under the terms of the current version of CDDL; in particular see:
> 4. Versions of the License.
> • 4.1. New Versions.
> Sun Microsystems, Inc. is the initial license steward and may publish revised and/or new versions of this License from time to time. Each version will be given a distinguishing version number. Except as provided in Section 4.3, no one other than the license steward has the right to modify this License.
> • 4.2. Effect of New Versions.
> You may always continue to use, distribute or otherwise make the Covered Software available under the terms of the version of the License under which You originally received the Covered Software. If the Initial Developer includes a notice in the Original Software prohibiting it from being distributed or otherwise made available under any subsequent version of the License, You must distribute and make the Covered Software available under the terms of the version of the License under which You originally received the Covered Software. Otherwise, You may also choose to use, distribute or otherwise make the Covered Software available under the terms of any subsequent version of the License published by the license steward.
If Oracle chooses, they might make future changes to the ZFS source code under different or more restrictive licensing terms, but what's available now is always going to be available.
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