Subject: Re: Tab completion in /bin/sh
To: None <>
From: J Chapman Flack <>
List: current-users
Date: 05/03/2005 22:17:36
Rick Kelly writes:
> of AT&T ksh. AT&T is now making it harder to get ksh93. 

The thread is getting interesting and there's other stuff to say, but
I wanted to respond to this right away.  AT&T has in fact changed ksh93's
license from the unique AT&T license it used to have (which was open but not
quite enough for some people's tastes) to the Common Public License 1.0.
I would say that makes it easier to get ksh93.  As far as the mechanics of
their website, they have added a confirmation step that's a bit tricky to
automate for pkgsrc, but they also explain exactly why: it's all about the
part of the license that says AS IS NO WARRANTY, and their lawyers don't
want anybody coming back saying "I downloaded this from your site and you
never told me you disclaimed liability."  They explicitly say in their FAQ
that they do not mind at all if anybody else wants to mirror the files under
any arrangement that makes the mirroring site comfortable that its own
liability has been effectively disclaimed.  That is essentially what TNF
comfortably does with mirrored distfiles for other packages.  So, there is
really no sense in which AT&T could be said to be making ksh harder to get.