Patent hit - MS goes after Linux - FreeBSD ?

Sean Cavanaugh millenia2000 at
Wed Aug 1 15:50:50 UTC 2012

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-freebsd-questions at [mailto:owner-freebsd-
> questions at] On Behalf Of Wojciech Puchar
> Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2012 9:12 AM
> To: Traiano Welcome
> Cc: jb; freebsd-questions at
> Subject: RE: Patent hit - MS goes after Linux - FreeBSD ?
> > FUD. Ignore. They're going the same way as SCO.
> even if not  it's just matter to add proper licence to right ports in port
> and require user to accept it.
> >

That already exists. Install java and it will have you manually download it
so as to accept their license, or the Intel NIC drivers that have you add a
license acknowledge line in loader.conf.

FreeBSD as a whole is not encumbered. that was whole issue over the UNIX
license issues way back when (which indirectly led Linus Torvalds to write
Linux). Further releasing the burden has been seen with the replacement of
GCC with CLANG to get the core OS to be as close to 100% BSD licensed.

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