[webkit-dev] Renaming directories

Mark Rowe mrowe at apple.com
Wed Dec 22 14:21:03 PST 2010

On 2010-12-22, at 14:19, Kenneth Russell wrote:

> On Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 1:47 PM, Mark Rowe <mrowe at apple.com> wrote:
>> On 2010-12-22, at 13:27, David Levin wrote:
>> Sounded like MIT license is considered permittable:
>> https://lists.webkit.org/pipermail/webkit-dev/2010-January/011406.html
>> The code in question is labeled as being under "SGI FREE SOFTWARE LICENSE
>> B". According to the Internets this is very similar, but not identical, to
>> the MIT license.  If it were identical to the MIT license then I agree
>> there'd be precedent within the WebKit project for accepting such code.
>>  It's not identical though.
> Not sure whether you saw http://oss.sgi.com/projects/FreeB/ , but it
> explains that the license is intended to mirror the X11 license
> exactly and why they revised the previous version of their license
> rather than switching licenses.

I did.  However, I'm not a lawyer and as such am not in a position to evaluate this claim.  I have asked a lawyer to take a look and confirm that the license is acceptable.  In the future we should make sure that this step is taken before code under a new license is landed in the tree.


- Mark

>> On Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 1:05 PM, Kenneth Russell <kbr at google.com> wrote:
>>> On Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 10:53 AM, Mark Rowe <mrowe at apple.com> wrote:
>>>> On 2010-12-22, at 10:45, Kenneth Russell wrote:
>>>> I see. The GLU tessellator was integrated because it was the only
>>>> viable option for helping implement GPU-accelerated path rendering in
>>>> WebKit. (This work is still in early stages, and the tessellator isn't
>>>> yet being compiled in to WebKit.) The code is covered by an MIT X11
>>>> style license which is compatible with the BSD license WebKit uses.
>>>> I'm not a lawyer so I can't speak to the compatibility of the various
>>>> open
>>>> source licenses.  I will note however that the committer agreement that
>>>> all
>>>> committers have signed explicitly states that only the BSD and LGPL
>>>> licenses
>>>> are permitted for code checked in to the WebKit repository.
>>> I apologize, I didn't mean to violate the WebKit committer agreement.
>>> There was extensive discussion on IRC and in person before checking in
>>> this and related code. If its continued presence poses a problem then
>>> please let's try to figure out a solution that allows continued
>>> development of this functionality.
>>> -Ken
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