Subject: Re: [ Re: bash]
To: None <>
From: Simon Burge <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 03/28/2001 13:52:33
Frederick Bruckman wrote:

> On Wed, 28 Mar 2001, Matthias Buelow wrote:
> > Of course there's the licence
> > issue, it looks halfway liberal (in my understanding, it boils down
> > to ATT giving you the source and you're free to use and redistribute
> > it as long as you feedback any modification you make to the original,
> > or at least make it available, apart from stuff you only link against
> > it of course, but I am not a lawyer.)
> I read the license for "ksh" as single use, no redistribution. (But,
> there are other utilities on AT&T's site with more GNUish terms.) We
> could possibly still have a package where the user has to supply the
> distfile, i.e, go to the web page, agree to the license, and download
> it by hand, as for "opera" and "staroffice".

Prefix: IANAL!

From my reading, we can redistribute binaries.  Here's the relevent
clause (4.3):

        If you prepare a Derived Product, such product shall
        conspicuously display to users, and any corresponding
        documentation and license agreement shall include as a
        provision, the Proprietary Notice.

My take on this is that if the licence file was shown on a pkg_add (is
that possible currently) and installed somewhere ($PREFIX/share/ksh?)
then all should be fine.

That same clause would seem to indicate that we can't replace the
current /bin/ksh with AT&T ksh, since we have no way of "conspicuously
display"ing to users licences for individual programs.

Simon Burge                            <>
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