Subject: SSH 2.0 license; looks like 2.0 won't allow non-education use
To: None <>
From: Rob Healey <>
List: current-users
Date: 10/12/1998 11:08:22
	Has anybody taken a close look at the SSH 2.0 license? In a nutshell
	it appears that unless you are a student at a University the public 
	source use is prohibited; i.e. you have to get the commercial version.

	Particularly interesting is that you can't connect up to a commercial
	entity with the public version unless you are a student downloading
	work; i.e. an ISP is a commercial entity as is any other entity
	that pays salerys, i.e. a non-profit organization would fall under
	the paying salery dept.

	Offhand it sounds like couldn't even use it let alone any
	of the organizations that package up freeware CDROM's; they probably
	pay people to do the packaging and thus fall under commercial catagory.

	Given the 2.0 license, care should be taken that the 2.0 version
	get onto any of the archives or CDROM's. It's not clear what patches
	in the pkg area would do either since the patched 2.0 would be a
	derived work...

	This seems kinda stinky since they expect the freeware world to fix
	and debug their commercial product while forcing the same people
	who would be providing fixes to buy the commercial version! It's
	not clear if the commercial version is source or binary either.

	Anyways, has anyone else looked in to this yet? Should care be taken
	to avoid the 2.0 version in the distribution and/or pkg (patch issue)
	so sticky legal dragons don't rear their heads?