[TUHS] GNU vs BSD before the lawsuit and before Linux

Warner Losh imp at bsdimp.com
Sun Mar 19 05:23:23 AEST 2017


On Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 11:45 AM, Random832 <random832 at fastmail.com> wrote:
> There's a lot of code in a handful of not-part-of-GNU-proper core
> utility packages used in Linux distributions - bsdmainutils, bsdgames,
> bsdutils, and util-linux [only the last of which has the GPL] - which
> come from some BSD or another and mostly have intact UCB copyright
> statements and licenses at the top. If any of these are improperly
> attributed, it's likely that UCB is to blame.

Anything in 4.4-lite was specifically blessed by USL as non-infringing
as part of the settlement of that suit...

But the bsd* packages aren't what's being talked about here. Those
generally came about later as these BSD programs ported to Linux and
resistance to non-gpl'd code in distributions waned.

Warner


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