[vbox-dev] Permission to redistribute VirtualBox guest additions for MacPorts
klaus.espenlaub at oracle.com
Wed Apr 4 03:13:40 PDT 2012
On 04.04.2012 01:04, Roy Liu wrote:
> Greetings VirtualBox developers,
> I am the maintainer of the MacPorts virtualbox port found here:
> We at MacPorts try to give users the easiest installation possible:
> Getting a fully working VirtualBox should really be as easy as typing
> "sudo port install virtualbox".
I wonder why the port needs to build VirtualBox then - it could just
fetch the whole Mac OS X package and install it... avoids getting quite
a few prerequisites and build time. It would make it a lot easier for
you to deliver the latest version without delays.
> It would be great to have VirtualBox guest additions included as port of
> the installation process, with your consent. FYI, I am going off this
> Arch Linux thread as an example of proper protocol:
> If any policies have changed then, I would be happy to work with the
> VirtualBox developer community to make the guest additions a reality.
There have been significant licensing changes since then (in 2007 a
significant part of the guest additions was not covered by GPLv2, and
was binary only covered by PUEL). For a while (since 4.0.0) everything
in the guest additions ISO is covered by GPLv2.
Alexey already pointed out that because of this you don't need to ask
for permission any more. In fact there's nothing we can do to stop you
from redistributing the guest additions ISO, as long as you follow the
rules defined by GPLv2.
> You may also find the proposed patch to include guest additions here:
The license in this patch isn't up to date any more, and 4.1.8 also
isn't brand new any more either. Having an up to date VirtualBox build
helps a lot with avoiding problems...
Additionally it might save you time if you could make the checksum check
more flexible. Otherwise you have to change the checksums for every
release we make. Not our problem in the end ;)
Also, VirtualBox contains code to automatically download the guest
additions ISO if the build doesn't contain them. Is there a particular
reason for not using this? In my eyes it makes little difference if the
port install downloads them or the first use triggers the download...
> Thank you for your time and kind regards,
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