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Date:      Wed, 7 Feb 1996 11:40:15 +1030 (CST)
From:      Michael Smith <>
To: (Ian H. Stewart)
Subject:   Re: Can FreeBSD be used in a commercial way?
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <> from "Ian H. Stewart" at Feb 6, 96 10:37:53 am

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Ian H. Stewart stands accused of saying:
> I am interested in using FreeBSD
> as a foundation for a complete OS.

I'm curious; what do you mean by a 'complete' operating system?  What does
FreeBSD lack in meeting your definition of complete?

> What is needed to use or license the
> 2.1 release so that we may sell it
> commercially with value.

There are essentially two licenses that you need to work with.  The majority
of FreeBSD is licensed under the BSD-style license, which essentially says
that you must acknowledge the original authors of the work in your
printed documentation, and that neither your use of the work nor your 
acknowledgement of the authors can be used as promotional material.

The second, and more problematic, license is the GPL.  This effectively
requires that you provide the source code to certain parts of the system.
(Most notably the C compiler, assembler and linker, as well as a number
of other tools.  These are kept in a seperate part of the source tree, 
so you can look in /usr/src/gnu/ and see what's involved.)

A good lawyer would be able to tell you more, but essentially apart from
the provision of source code to parts of the system, and acknowledging
the origins of the rest of it, there aren't any other licensing requirements.

> Ian H. Stewart

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