Virally licensed code in FreeBSD kernel

Chad Perrin perrin at
Sat Apr 14 19:04:37 UTC 2007

On Sat, Apr 14, 2007 at 10:47:09AM -0600, Brett Glass wrote:
> At 10:12 AM 4/14/2007, Bill Moran wrote:
> >How is this any worse than the GPLed stuff in /usr/src/contrib?
> It's in the kernel. And the announcement went as far as to say that
> it is "part of FreeBSD."

>From what I've seen thus far, it seems that it's not part of the
standard kernel.  It's just something that *can be* part of the kernel.

If you don't want to use it, don't.  I don't have a problem with it
being offered in the ports tree, as long as it's not part of the default

I do share your wariness of licenses like the CDDL.  One of the reasons
I looked into FreeBSD in the first place was a decision to look for ways
to escape the GPL's ubiquity in Linux-land.  I just don't think it's
being included with FreeBSD in an inappropriate manner.  I'd like to
know about it if you have some evidence to the contrary.

CCD CopyWrite Chad Perrin [ ]
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