Subject: Re: Sleepycat Software DB 2.x library licensing vs. NetBSD
To: Ken Hornstein <>
From: Jason Thorpe <>
List: current-users
Date: 09/17/1998 13:54:56
On Thu, 17 Sep 1998 16:48:03 -0400 
 Ken Hornstein <> wrote:

 > In other words, vendors could use DB2 inside of krb5 and it would be
 > free for them.  They couldn't take that DB2 outside of krb5 and use it
 > for other things.  Nobody from MIT replied to him, so I don't know if
 > it was unacceptable or just people being lame.  This seems like it
 > might be okay for NetBSD, but maybe it wouldn't; I'm not sure.

No, it wouldn't, because it would place restrictions on the use of
the NetBSD code base, which is fundamentally incompatible with the
goals of the NetBSD project.

 > Keith Bostic seems like a reasonable fellow; could we at least _ASK_
 > him first?  The worst thing he could do would be tell us to go to hell,
 > and we'd be no worse off than before.

We have _already_ discussed it at length w/ Keith (I agree; Keith is
a very nice, reasonable guy), but it just happened that the NetBSD
project and Keith had a fundamental disagreement on this particular
issue.  *shrug*  It happens.

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