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Re: Mesa license issue?



Tom "spot" Callaway wrote:
On Wed, 2007-10-31 at 04:38 -0500, Callum Lerwick wrote:
Update: I found this commit in Mesa's git:

http://gitweb.freedesktop.org/?p=mesa/mesa.git;a=commitdiff;h=344c3f7379ab4db749e7e8513be9be8fbb9f126c

It appears this is fixed in Mesa 7, which is in F8, but I don't know
where this leaves F7 and whatnot, which are still shipping Mesa 6.5.x.

I'm not sure that's even remotely legal for Mesa to have committed. The
SGI Free B license doesn't permit arbitrary relicensing, and without any
code changes, that amounts to simply stripping the copyright and license
off the old files.

Adam, do you know the details behind that commit?


I've done some research on this, the OpenGL standard has been given in the hands of an organization called "The Khronos Group Inc":
http://www.khronos.org/

They are now the owners of:
http://www.opengl.org/

Where the host atleast some of the involved header files:
http://www.opengl.org/registry/api/glext.h
http://www.opengl.org/registry/api/glxext.h
http://www.opengl.org/registry/api/wglext.h

With a new Khronos copyright header, these are the only files changed by the commit, so yes this is legit. Unfortunately, it doesn't solve the whole problem.

Regards,

Hans


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