[ovs-dev] InMon sFlow licence and DFSG

Simon Horman horms at verge.net.au
Mon Nov 8 21:25:43 UTC 2010

On Mon, Nov 08, 2010 at 10:11:22AM -0800, Ben Pfaff wrote:
> On Sat, Nov 06, 2010 at 09:44:48AM +0900, Simon Horman wrote:
> > I noticed the following clause in the COPYING file and I am wondering
> > about the compatibility of this licence with the DFSG.
> > 
> > Files lib/sflow*.[ch] are licensed under the terms of the InMon sFlow
> > licence that is available at:
> >         http://www.inmon.com/technology/sflowlicense.txt
> I'm not sure.  We could (probably should) bring it up on debian-legal.

Ok, good plan. Would you like me to do that?

> Peter Phaal from InMon wrote to me privately to mention that the same
> code is also available under the Adaptive Public License at
>         http://host-sflow.sourceforge.net/license.html
> The APL is OSI-certified but I don't see anything in Debian with that
> license, so I'm unsure whether it's DFSG-free also.

Do you know specifically which code and are you able to disclose that?
It seems that it would be useful to include as much detail as possible
when opening a discussion with debian-legal.

> If worst comes to worst we can just write equivalent code.  I doubt that
> the sFlow code is doing anything too magical.  It's just composing
> packets according to a published standard, after all.

Sure, thats always an option.

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