VirtualBox

Ticket #2364 (closed enhancement: fixed)

Opened 6 years ago

Last modified 3 years ago

Please release your documentation under the GPL

Reported by: jasonspiro2 Owned by:
Priority: major Component: documentation
Version: VirtualBox 2.0.2 Keywords:
Cc: Guest type: other
Host type: other

Description

It would be great if you would GPL all your documentation just like the Xen team has done[1]. Then Linux distributions that ship VirtualBox could ship your excellent manual too. Also, I suspect some people would be more likely to contribute to the documentation.

[1].  http://xenbits.xensource.com/xen-unstable.hg/file/782599274bf9/COPYING explains that most files in the Xen source repository are GPLed, though some are BSD licensed. So it seems to me that the docs are GPLed.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 6 years ago by jasonspiro2

Just to clarify, this ticket refers to your documentation, not to your wiki contents. I created ticket #2365 (Please release your wiki contents under a GPL and GFDL dual license) about that.

comment:2 Changed 6 years ago by frank

I understand your request and I would like to grant it but the decision is: No at this time, sorry. We could implement a download button for the OSE version which automatically downloads the manual from this site.

comment:3 Changed 6 years ago by jasonspiro2

  1. Who said no? Was it developers, or the legal department, or somebody else?
  1. Are you able to say why not? Then I can respond with suggestions on how to abolish the roadblocks.

comment:4 Changed 5 years ago by john.doe

See also #4455

comment:5 Changed 4 years ago by Technologov

Not necessarily GPL - but it can be dual-licensed as the rest of the product (GPL+Sun license). Other OSS licenses will be good too. (GFDL anyone?)

Added myself as CC to this wish.

-Technologov

comment:6 Changed 3 years ago by jasonspiro2

The VirtualBox 4.0.2 OSE .tar.bz2 file now includes the manual. I learned this from an email I got from Felix Geyer at Debian, and verified myself today that it's true.

Dear VirtualBox team: Thank you for having released your documentation under the GPL.

comment:7 Changed 3 years ago by frank

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  • Resolution set to fixed
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