[vbox-dev] Haiku operating system guest additions.

Klaus Espenlaub klaus.espenlaub at oracle.com
Mon Sep 12 08:38:44 PDT 2011

On 07.09.2011 12:55, François Revol wrote:
> Le 07/09/2011 11:22, Ramshankar a écrit :
>> On 09/ 6/11 09:52 PM, Mike Smith wrote:
>>>> I'm sure Mike will be ok as well, he'll probably reply to this thread.
>>> Hi, everyone. (Sorry I'm late, I was in class when this discussion
>>> started.)
>>>> The work should be MIT-licensed.
>>> I'm not attached to any specific license; MIT is fine. Should I add
>>> copyright/license headers to the files that don't have them?
>> Yes we require MIT; take a look at
>> src/VBox/HostDrivers/VBoxNetFlt/freebsd/VBoxNetFlt-freebsd.c or
>> http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/MIT%20license and use it as a template.
> Actually, as we discussed it on IRC, the only issue left is about files
> which I originally copied from other platforms that had the GPL licence
> headers (or maybe even the header that I copied to other files to match
> the rest) before the (non)OSE merge. But since Oracle retains copyright
> on those files it should be ok anyway.

Sorry, this isn't quite accurate. We can't routinely accept 
contributions which are covered by GPL.

Copying code (formally a single line is enough, even if you modify it) 
from projects under GPL means that the result cannot have any other 
license, and that's a problem for us. We need to be able to relicense 
our code to OEM customers.

The consequence of having "GPL only" parts in the VirtualBox tree is 
that it will NEVER be part of the VirtualBox release packages built by 
Oracle. See the VNC support...


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