[ipxe-devel] license clarifications for inclusion in Debian

Vagrant Cascadian vagrant at freegeek.org
Fri Dec 3 22:40:38 UTC 2010


i've been trying to get some license clarifications about gPXE, but haven't
recieved much response:


i understand that iPXE is essentially a fork of the gPXE codebase, and iPXE
could likely be a viable alternative for Debian to consider.

i know this isn't exactly the most fun or exciting part of developing an
excellent free software project...

even though i can get licensing information for various generated roms
individually (using "make bin/foo.rom"), in order to include it in Debian,
we'll need to get licensing information from the source itself.

given that there are various FILE_LICENCE markers in most of the files, if i
could get clarification from upstream about what license text actually applies
to files marked with FILE_LICENCE, it would make great strides towards being
able to include it as part of Debian.

for example, a potential clarification could be:

files containing the text "FILE_LICENCE ( GPL2_ONLY );" are licensed under the
following terms:

  This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
  under the terms and conditions of the GNU General Public License,
  version 2, as published by the Free Software Foundation.

as well as licensing text for each of: GPL_ANY, GPL_2_OR_LATER, and BSD2.

including such information in the COPYRIGHTS file would be ideal (though
technically copyrights and licensing are two different things).

additionally, is there a plan to make a release of iPXE?

thanks for your time!

live well,

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