Kenneth J. Davis | 28 Jul 05:26 2009

Re: Copyright owners for kernel license

On Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 10:44 PM, <ibid_ag <at> lavabit.com> wrote:
...
> In the discussion I refer to, relicensing was mentioned. I am curious who
> should be contacted for such requests, or if relicensing would be allowed,
> etc.
> The kernel source says "Portions copyright Patrick J. Villani."
> Would that mean that Pat should be contacted?
...

It would be very difficult; at minimal one would have to find all the
people listed in contrib.txt (within the docs directory in the kernel
source) and each of them would have to agree or the corresponding
contribution determined and replaced.  Pat of course would be the
starting point as the kernel as a whole is derived from his work; in
recent years Bart and Tom have contributed the most.  Assuming this
was achievable, it would only get you a version of the kernel
relicensed; the majority of FreeDOS [the associated shell & utilities]
would still be GPL licensed.

Jeremy

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Pat Villani | 28 Jul 16:13 2009

Re: Copyright owners for kernel license

As FreeDOS project coordinator, just email here and you'll contact me.  So you just did ;-)

Way back in the dark ages, Jim and I had a discussion about licensing and we pretty much settled on GPL.   These licensing discussions continue today as well.  I won't bore you with the details, but we prefer GPL and related agreements for FreeDOS.  Doesn't mean we'll turn away something that is not GPL but is open source for the distribution.

That being said, my personal preference is GPL and don't want to change it for the kernel.  I think it has served the purpose quite well over the years.

Now a nit.  I am of Italian origin and my first name is Pasquale, not Patrick.  I use Pat as a nickname.  Long story ...

Pat


On Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 8:26 PM, Kenneth J. Davis <jeremyd <at> fdos.org> wrote:
On Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 10:44 PM, <ibid_ag <at> lavabit.com> wrote:
...
> In the discussion I refer to, relicensing was mentioned. I am curious who
> should be contacted for such requests, or if relicensing would be allowed,
> etc.
> The kernel source says "Portions copyright Patrick J. Villani."
> Would that mean that Pat should be contacted?
...

It would be very difficult; at minimal one would have to find all the
people listed in contrib.txt (within the docs directory in the kernel
source) and each of them would have to agree or the corresponding
contribution determined and replaced.  Pat of course would be the
starting point as the kernel as a whole is derived from his work; in
recent years Bart and Tom have contributed the most.  Assuming this
was achievable, it would only get you a version of the kernel
relicensed; the majority of FreeDOS [the associated shell & utilities]
would still be GPL licensed.

Jeremy

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