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Date:      Fri, 16 Feb 2001 15:33:01 -0800
From:      Kris Kennaway <>
To:        Sean O'Sullivan <>
Cc:        questions@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: licensing of source code
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <000001c0986b$3da32ac0$349ca926@lonerpc>; from on Fri, Feb 16, 2001 at 02:53:11PM -0800
References:  <000001c0986b$3da32ac0$349ca926@lonerpc>

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On Fri, Feb 16, 2001 at 02:53:11PM -0800, Sean O'Sullivan wrote:
> To Whom It May Concern:
> I am interested in obtaining a licensing agreement for the source code for
> the latest version of FreeBSD.  I was instructed to e-mail this enquiry to
> you by someone at BSDi who said that this was the proper channel to follo=
> I would appreciate any information you might have on this.  Thank you very
> much for your attention to this matter and I look forward to hearing from
> you.

FreeBSD is an open source operating system and the source code is
available free of charge for all uses - there is no "licensing
agreement" as such.  Some components of the system are under the GNU
Public License which means there are complications using them in a
commercial product, but these components may be easily removed, and
the licensing terms on the FreeBSD code itself permits arbitrary reuse
with very liberal terms.

The license for individual pieces of code is generally contained as
comments at the top of the file, but the majority of FreeBSD code is
provided under the license contained in /usr/src/COPYRIGHT on a
FreeBSD system, or an even less restrictive license.


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