[vbox-dev] kbuild and virtualbox license issues

Gianfranco Costamagna costamagnagianfranco at yahoo.it
Wed Sep 7 08:00:51 GMT 2016

Hi VirtualBox Developers!

(feel free to forward to kbuild folks, I don't remember/know how to reach them)

Seems that the current kbuild source contains some GPL-2 only code, that comes from
virtualbox and oracle guys


a GPL-3+ licensed program, can't include GPL-2 only software.

One of the files is:
+ * Copyright (C) 2006-2016 Oracle Corporation
+ *
+ * This file is part of VirtualBox Open Source Edition (OSE), as
+ * available from http://www.virtualbox.org. This file is free software;
+ * you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU
+ * General Public License (GPL) as published by the Free Software
+ * Foundation, in version 2 as it comes in the "COPYING" file of the
+ * VirtualBox OSE distribution. VirtualBox OSE is distributed in the
+ * hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY of any kind.
+ *
+ * The contents of this file may alternatively be used under the terms
+ * of the Common Development and Distribution License Version 1.0
+ * (CDDL) only, as it comes in the "COPYING.CDDL" file of the
+ * VirtualBox OSE distribution, in which case the provisions of the
+ * CDDL are applicable instead of those of the GPL.
+ *
+ * You may elect to license modified versions of this file under the
+ * terms and conditions of either the GPL or the CDDL or both.
+ */

can you please remove it, or change the license?



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