[CentOS-devel] [EXT] Re: RFC: kmods SIG Proposal

Fri May 21 12:58:03 UTC 2021
Peter Georg <peter.georg at physik.uni-regensburg.de>

On 21/05/2021 13.01, Neal Gompa wrote:
> On Fri, May 21, 2021 at 6:36 AM Alex Iribarren <alex.m.lists3 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> On 5/20/21 8:33 PM, Neal Gompa wrote:
>>>>>>> I'm a bit concerned that "non compatible license" is a bit vague.
>>>>>>> Would this exclude DRBD, ZFS on Linux, OpenAFS, or nVidia?  The nVidia
>>>>>>> bits seem to be 'yes, it is excluded', I'm less sure on the other two.
>>>>>> Concerning your examples: Afaik the CDDL (ZFS) is considered a free
>>>>>> software license by the FSF. So I assume this should be fine.
>>>>>> The nVidia bits are probably not allowed.
>>>>> OpenZFS has not been allowed per Red Hat Legal, so I don't think you
>>>>> can do that.
>>>> Well, as I said: I'm not a lawyer :)
>>>> But good to know, thanks!
>>>> Does this mean that legally the same restrictions that apply to getting
>>>> a package into RHEL also apply to packages provided by a CentOS SIG?
>>> Yes.
>> Do you know if OpenAFS would also be excluded from this SIG? We
>> currently build the kmods ourselves for each kernel release but we would
>> love to be able to push that upstream.
> Unfortunately, yes. https://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html#IBMPL

According to your link I assume you want to imply that only GPL (v2) 
compatible licenses are allowed?

I also looked up what Fedora considers a "good" license for packaging:

These two lists are quite different.

Not trying to imply that you are wrong, just trying to figure out what I 
should write in the proposal.

Can someone maybe contact legal to have an "official" answer what 
license requirements we have to adhere to for packaging within a CentOS 
SIG? Or is "GPL v2 compatible" the official answer?

Once we have an answer, it'd be good to add this to the CentOS Wiki. 
Currently there is only vague information there about licensing 
concerning packaging. Or at least I couldn't find it there.

> Though at least that one seems to have hope to be replaced with one
> built into Linux in the near future:
> https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/log/fs/afs
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