[vbox-dev] Third-party license text in manual

Frank Mehnert frank.mehnert at oracle.com
Mon Nov 5 06:09:08 PST 2012

Hi Ed,

On Tuesday 30 October 2012 21:31:10 Ed Maste wrote:
> I was reading through the third-party licenses in the online
> Virtualbox manual and it looks like some content is missing.  Perhaps
> some of this is due to the way the file is generated.
> Some examples from http://www.virtualbox.org/manual/apa.html
> > VirtualBox contains portions of QEMU which is governed by the licenses in
> > and and
> Presumably links or file names should appear between / after "in" and
> "and" there.

This is a bug in the script which transforms the XML text to HTML.
The PDF version of the user manual which can be downloaded from


does not have this problem.

> > Slirp license
> > 
> > Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without
> > modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are
> > met:
> > 
> > 1. Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice,
> > this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
> > 
> > 2. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright
> > notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the
> > documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.
> > 
> > 3. All advertising materials mentioning features or use of this software
> > must display the following acknowledgment: This product includes
> > software developed by Danny Gasparovski.
> ...
> The "above copyright notice" isn't included, just the conditions and
> disclaimer.

That copyright statement can be found in that chapter above, see

  ''VirtualBox contains Slirp which is governed by the license in and
    was written by Danny Gasparovski.
    Copyright (C) 1995, 1996 All Rights Reserved.''

> Also there's some additional BSD-licensed third party code that
> appears not to be referenced in the manual.  Examples include
> libalias, and math routines under VBox/Runtime/common/math/gcc/.

As for the code derived from BSD, you are right, we apparently forgot
to mention some of this code. We will carefully check the code and
add the missing statements soon.

Thanks for your report!

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