Re: [Fedora-legal-list] CAcert.org license
by Tom Callaway
On Tue, 2008-12-09 at 23:03 +0100, Matthias Saou wrote:
> > >>>>> "TC" == Tom \"spot\" Callaway <Tom> writes:
> > TC> Given that it does not give permission for us to redistribute (the
> > TC> cornerstone requirement for Content licenses), this license is not
> > TC> acceptable for Fedora.
> > I guess I'm glad I looked before approving the package, but I have to
> > wonder: Do the cacert folks actually want anyone to use their
> > certificates? I mean, this prevents basically everyone from using
> > them, because they can't come with the OS or the browser.
> Personally, the more I read the document, the more I'm confused.
> "You may NOT distribute certificates or root keys under this
> licence"... does this mean we can distribute under a different license?
Well, sortof. The wording here is strange because you can get a
different license from the CA issuer. We can't just pick a license, but
the CA issuer might be willing to give us a different one.
> Would it be worth getting in contact with CAcert.org in order to try
> and have them allow us to redistribute the root certs under conditions
> which are acceptable to the Fedora Project?
Probably, yes. :)
7 years, 1 month
by T.C. Hollingsworth
winetricks  is free software, but I was originally under the
impression that it was ineligible for inclusion in Fedora because it
is used primarily to download and install non-free software. (That is
not it's only function, though--it also does some registry hacks and
can manage multiple WINEPREFIXes.)
However, some members of the community disagree  and say that it
might be eligible for Fedora, so we'd like confirmation one way or the
7 years, 8 months
Linking of GPL-only and GPL-incompatible libraries
by Florian Weimer
What's Fedora's stance on linking GPL-only libraries into the same
process as a library which is considered GPL-incompatible (such as
4-clause BSD) if this linking happens rather indirectly?
We currently link psql against both libreadline and libcrypto/libssl
(OpenSSL), so if that is okay, more indirect linking should be
acceptable as well.
However, I'm not sure I'd appreciate that if I were a GPL-only library
author who chose that license deliberately (perhaps even with a desire
to sell alternative licensing), and some intermediate libraries makes my
work available under a more permissive license, only wrapped in a
different programming interface.
Florian Weimer / Red Hat Product Security Team
8 years, 7 months
Re: [Fedora-legal-list] Exceptions restricting program name are compatible with "LGPLv2 with exceptions", correct?
by Jeff Backus
Below is Tuomo's response regarding the Notion license in its entirety.
In short, he was not interested in modifying the terms of the license,
however, he did confirm that the Notion satisfies the terms of the
So, what's next? Is there anything I can do to help the process along?
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: Questions Regarding the Ion(tm) License
Date: Sat, 7 Dec 2013 10:15:16 +0000
From: Tuomo Valkonen <tuomov(a)iki.fi>
To: Jeff Backus <jeff.backus(a)gmail.com>
> On 06 Dec 2013, at 12:44, Jeff Backus <jeff.backus(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> Dr. Valkonen,
> I know you are very busy, so I will be brief.
> I am writing to you on behalf of the Notion project, which is a fork of Ion3(tm) created in 2010. Since you have obviously moved onto bigger and better things and Ion3(tm) has not been active since 2009, we feel that the additional clauses added to the LGPL 2.1 license are no longer necessary to avoid confusion with regard to supporting unofficial versions - particularly since you have officially stated that you no longer offer support of any version. Therefore we ask that you grant permission to the Notion project to distribute as part of the Notion project any and all Ion(tm)-related material, including but not limited to primary and ancillary code and documentation, under the terms of the official LGPL version 2.1 as specified at https://www.gnu.org/licenses/lgpl-2.1.html.
> If you are not interested in releasing Ion(tm) under the official LGPL, either through Notion or other means, would you please at least verify that the Notion name sufficiently satisfies the Ion3(tm) license?
> An simple e-mailed response is sufficient for either request. I thank you in advance for your time.
> Kind Regards,
> Jeff Backus
9 years, 2 months
by Milan Bouchet-Valat
I'd like to package the openlibm library  which is a dependency of
the Julia language . The original license of the project, besides
later contributions which are under BSD and MIT licenses, is an
apparently custom license whose text is as follows (see ):
Copyright (C) 1993 by Sun Microsystems, Inc. All rights reserved.
Developed at SunPro, a Sun Microsystems, Inc. business.
Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this
software is freely granted, provided that this notice
The text looks like slightly contradictory since it starts stating "All
rights reserved" before granting the rights to do mostly anything you
want with the code given the license is preserved. I guess it is OK to
ship it, but I would like a confirmation for more clued people.
As a secondary point, how should I indicate the license in the License
field of the .spec file? FDLIBM and BSD and MIT?
9 years, 3 months
OpenCASCADE now under LGPL v2.1 plus exception
by Eric Smith
I'd like to package OpenCASCADE, which was formerly under a non-free
license, but starting from version 6.7.0 it has been relicensed under LGPL
v2.1 plus an exception. The full license is at:
Here's the exception text, from the bottom of that page:
Open CASCADE Exception (version 1.0) to GNU LGPL version 2.1.
The object code (i.e. not a source) form of a "work that uses the Library"
can incorporate material from a header file that is part of the Library. As
a special exception to the GNU Lesser General Public License version 2.1,
you may distribute such object code incorporating material from header
files provided with the Open CASCADE Technology libraries (including code
of CDL generic classes) under terms of your choice, provided that you give
prominent notice in supporting documentation to this code that it makes use
of or is based on facilities provided by the Open CASCADE Technology
Is this acceptable for Fedora? Is the appropriate license tag "LGPLv2 with
9 years, 3 months
Exceptions restricting program name are compatible with "LGPLv2 with exceptions", correct?
by Jeff Backus
I would like to package a window manager named Notion. It is a fork of
the Ion(tm) window manager. Ion(tm) is released under the LGPLv2.1 with
an addendum that restricts derivative works from calling said works
Ion(tm) or using a name that implies being apart of the Ion(tm) project.
The nature of these restrictions appears to be inline with the GNU free
software philosophy, as is stated in the following paragraph:
However, rules about how to package a modified version are
acceptable, if they don't substantively limit your freedom to
release modified versions, or your freedom to make and use modified
versions privately. Thus, it is acceptable for the license to
require that you change the name of the modified version, remove a
logo, or identify your modifications as yours. As long as these
requirements are not so burdensome that they effectively hamper you
from releasing your changes, they are acceptable; you're already
making other changes to the program, so you won't have trouble
making a few more.
-- "What is Free Software?" (https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html)
The addendum is included below for reference. The complete license,
including addendum, is available here:
Given that the software I would like to package is released under a
different name, I do not see any conflicts with Fedora's licensing
guidelines. Am I correct in my interpretations? Is this license
compatible with Fedora's "LGPLv2 with exceptions" license?
Thank you in advance for your time and any clarification you can provide.
-= Begin License Addendum =-
Copyright (c) Tuomo Valkonen 1999-2009.
Unless otherwise indicated in components taken from elsewhere, this software
is licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License, version 2.1
reproduced below), extended and modified with the following terms:
If the name Ion(tm) or other names that can be associated with the Ion
project are used to distribute this software, then:
- A version that does not significantly differ from one of the
copyright holder's releases, must be provided by default.
- Versions not based on the copyright holder's latest release (on
the corresponding "branch", such as Ion3(tm)), must within 28 days
of this release, be prominently marked as (potentially) obsolete
- Significantly altered versions may be provided only if the user
explicitly requests for those modifications to be applied, and
is prominently notified that the software is no longer considered
the standard version, and is not supported by the copyright holder.
The version string displayed by the program must describe these
modifications and the "support void" status.
Versions for which the above conditions are not satisfied, must be
renamed so that they can not be associated with the Ion project, their
executables must be given names that do not conflict with the copyright
holder's version, and neither the copyright holder nor the Ion project
may be referred to for support.
In the text of sections 0-2, 4-12, and 14-16 of the LGPL, "this License"
is to be understood to refer to the LGPL extended with these terms and,
where applicable, possible similar terms related to the names of other
works forming a whole. Sections 3 and 13 of the LGPL are void. Where
contradictory, these additional terms take precedence over the LGPL.
End of terms.
Trademarks: With the terms above primarily appealing to copyright law,
should any of the indicated trademarks be found invalid, does not excuse
you from the conditions imposed by those terms. The use of these names
in contexts other than redistribution of this software and modifications,
is outside the scope of the terms above, and governed by applicable
trademark or other laws.
With regard to modules and other extensions to Ion(tm), the permission
is hereby granted to use "Ion" as part of the name, provided that it
occurs in a form suggesting that the work is supported by neither the
copyright holder nor the Ion project: "Foo for Ion" instead of "Ion Foo",
Significant change: Bug fixes are insignificant as additions. Basic changes
that are needed to install or run the software on a target platform, are
insignificant. Additionally, basic/small configuration changes to better
integrate the software with the target platform, without obstructing the
standard behaviour, are insignificant. Everything else is significant,
unless expressly declared otherwise by the copyright holder.
Distributions: For example, suppose an aggregate distribution of software
provides an `installpkg` command for installing packages. Then the action
`installpkg ion3` (resp. `installpkg ion`) should provide the latest release
of Ion3 (resp. the latest stable release) 28 days from release date at the
latest, or prominently notify the user that the provided version is (likely
to be) obsolete and unsupported. The latest release being provided by
default, or prominently appearing in a listing, constitutes prominent
marking of earlier releases as obsolete. Specific versions (including
modified versions) may be provided if the user explicitly requests for
those, within the constraints set above.
The intent of these terms is to curb the power that "distributions", as
the primary sources of software for many users, have in defining what
is perceived as Ion. By providing significantly modified versions and
out-dated development snapshots without prominently mentioning this fact,
they do not present the work in a light that the author can agree with,
and create a burden of dealing with (new) users seeking for support for
-= End License Addendum =-
9 years, 4 months
Creative Commons 4.0
by Miro Hrončok
as you might know, there are new CC 4.0 licenses.
Do we need to specify in the package the version of CC? Like we do with
I saw eairlier today:
"Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 or later."
Do we also need some kind of + as we have in GPL?
Or does Creative Commons contain some part that makes it back and
forward compatible, so we don't need to do this?
9 years, 4 months