[pups] Re: Condition of 2BSD
Greg 'groggy' Lehey
grog at lemis.com
Thu Mar 20 10:08:03 AEST 2003
On Wednesday, 19 March 2003 at 9:40:30 -0800, Steven M. Schultz wrote:
>> I have a small question, which I hope you can clarify for me. I'm in a
>> little argument with a person involved in NetBSD.
> Ummm, I'm not a lawyer of course...
>> He claims that NetBSD is the oldest free BSD still alive, which I reacted
>> to since it was my belief that 2BSD now is free.
> But is 2BSD free? That I don't know. It is more free than it was
> a long time ago but
After Caldera released the Ancient UNIX license last January, 2BSD
must be free, unless I'm missing something.
>> This have resulted in the claim that Berkley is the one that is
>> restricting 2BSD, which was news to me. Is this in any way correct? The
>> * Copyright (c) 1986 Regents of the University of California.
>> * All rights reserved. The Berkeley software License Agreement
>> * specifies the terms and conditions for redistribution.
> That was the earlier version of the BSD license - when you had to have
> a ATT/USL/BellLabs license in order to obtain BSD at all.
> I am not sure I have a copy of the original UCB license but I think
> part of it involved having a ATT/USL license.
Right, but that's what Caldera released.
>> Can you clarify this for me, please? :-)
> Does the current state of the Caldera/SCO/whatever license override
> any existing licenses? THAT I do not know.
My understanding (and I'm pretty sure it's correct) is that it
replaces the old AT&T license for the specified products, including
all AT&T precursors of [1-4]BSD.
> If that is the case
> then I would say that 2BSD is indeed free, on the other hand if people
> are still legally constrained by the earlier license then 2BSD is
> not totally free. Earlier versions of NetBSD would not be free
> either because they contain "encumbered code" from the era when a
> ATT/USL license was required.
They should now be free for the same reason.
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