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Date:      Thu, 22 Jan 2009 11:20:25 +0000
From:      Saifi Khan <>
To:        Vincent Hoffman <>,
Subject:   Re: ASL 2.0 based software contribution to FreeBSD code base
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On Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 10:16 AM, Vincent Hoffman <> wrote:
> Saifi Khan wrote:
>> Hi:
>> Is Apache Software License (ASL) 2.0 based software contributions
>> accepted in FreeBSD code base ?
>> Specific case to consider would be:
>>  a. device driver code released under ASL 2.0
>>  b. code contributed to kernel (eg. scheduler implementation) under ASL 2.0
>>  c. code contributed to userland (eg. new implementation of ctags) under ASL 2.0
>> Can some of the experienced members share how things work within the
>> context of FreeBSD project ?
> I was going to answer with
> however in a recent discussion on the -current list
> (
> Brooks Davis <> said
> "This file is outdated.  While this remains our prefered license, the
> current
> OpenBSD prefered license is the ISC licesed which is allowed by the license
> policy we published to developers last year.  We should probably replace
> this
> page with that policy."
> I'd ask for a copy of the current policy on freebsd-current@ if you dont
> get any answers here.

Hi Vince:

Thank you for your kind reply.

Please see my writeup on ASL at

While i understand ASL, i'm keen to know what are the technical
deviations (if any) in the BSD  licsense followed by FreeBSD project.

eg. if i write a device driver and release it under ASL 2.0, can it
legally make into FreeBSD project ?


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