[vbox-dev] Recompiling and distributing VirtualBox -- Licensing

Klaus Espenlaub klaus.espenlaub at oracle.com
Tue Jun 14 09:39:20 GMT 2011

On 07.06.2011 19:29, Ribhi Kamal wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm compiling and signing VBox 4.0.4 Host only interface. When users try
> to install the driver on Windows 7, they get a warning from windows that
> the driver didn't pass the windows logo test... which is fine. However,
> the message says that name is "Name: Oracle Corporation Network
> adapters" and then the second line states the that publisher is me (my
> certificate CN).
> My question is the following:
> Is it OK to leave the name as "Oracle Corporation Network adapters" or
> do I have to change it to something without the mention of Oracle like
> "VirtualBox Host Only Interface Driver"

So far we haven't seen problems with this. Others have built VirtualBox 
on Windows from sources as well, and so far no one has asked what to do. 
I guess you don't want/need to make significant (incompatible) changes, 
and in this case the driver is the same thing as the Oracle one, just 
built by someone else and thus bearing a different signature.

> In general, when compiling and distributing the OSE of virtualbox, do I
> have to remove all mention of Oracle?

No. If you have a strong preference towards removing the company name we 
cannot stop you (due to the code license). There are ways to achieve 
this with make variables, though I haven't checked if this particular 
case would be covered. Contributions accepted if you feel like...


> Thanks,
> -- Ribhi
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