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Re: Did nmap just become non-free?

From: zimoun
Subject: Re: Did nmap just become non-free?
Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2020 02:13:34 +0200

Hi Marius,

On Thu, 15 Oct 2020 at 00:13, Marius Bakke <> wrote:

> > This is definitely not a consistent license for us.
> Having re-read the original text (without the annotations), the thing
> that stands out is:
>   Proprietary software companies wishing to use or incorporate Covered
>   Software within their programs must contact Licensor to purchase a
>   separate license. Open source developers who wish to incorporate parts
>   of Covered Software into free software with conflicting licenses may
>   write Licensor to request a waiver of terms.
> From <>.

IANAL, it’s a weird way to "double" license; it’s fine since it’s GPLv2

> I'll see what has to say first.

For the record, the free GNU/linux distributions Parabola (listed here
[1]) distributes "nmap": 


It will be interesting to know what FSF licensing will say.

> PS: Licenses make terrible bed-side reading!

Boring enough to want to sleep fast? ;-)

All the best,

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