Virally licensed code in FreeBSD kernel

Chad Perrin perrin at
Sat Apr 14 20:39:31 UTC 2007

On Sat, Apr 14, 2007 at 01:27:15PM -0600, Brett Glass wrote:
> At 12:27 PM 4/14/2007, illoai at wrote:
> >No, you are not.  Because it appears that the whole thing is not covered
> >by the CDDL.
> Read the license. If you distribute a product that includes the code, you are bound by the obligations listed in the license (to distribute source code, not ever to patent anything, to give up firstborn children, etc.). So, FreeBSD is covered by the license. You can't use it freely. It is no longer free.

If the CDDL code is distributed separately (as in: not mixed with, or
compiled together with, other software in FreeBSD), the other code is in
no way at risk of being made less free.  As long as the CDDL code is not
part of the default install in a manner that affects the licensing of
other code, the statement "it is no longer free" is inaccurate,
regardless of the terms of the CDDL (within limits of reason).

CCD CopyWrite Chad Perrin [ ]
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this to 20 others and erase your system partition.

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