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Re: [bug-inetutils] NFS server for GNU inetutils

From: Hisham Kotry
Subject: Re: [bug-inetutils] NFS server for GNU inetutils
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2003 03:38:40 -0700 (PDT)

--- Robert Millan <address@hidden> wrote:
> You (and Alfred) said that every GNU package must
> have its copyright assigned
> to the FSF, but some packages (including inetutils)
> have code taken from
> other sources as per non-copylefted (BSDish)
> license.

We hope to get rid of that, ifconfig is on my todo
list for this summer.

> When some code is not copylefted, it's ok to use it
> for a GNU package without
> assigning copyright?

Partially, as long as you don't claim that you wrote
it and don't assign copyright to the FSF just cause
you fixed a bug or two here and there in the code.
Serveral GNU projects borrowed code from BSD, the GNU
Hurd's network stack was built on linux's for example,
there are definitly other examples, but I don't recall
any of them from the top of my head.

I'm not saying that you should actually abuse that and
use non-FSF(c) code, that's discouraged. Just try to
be creative, that's the first step to make sure you
won't find any refrence implementation to look at =).

> -- 
> Robert Millan
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