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Re: Netcat on Fedora is a different Netcat

On Sat, 2009-01-10 at 00:41 +0100, Giuseppe Fuggiano wrote:
> 2009/1/10 Jeff Spaleta <jspaleta gmail com>:
> > On Fri, Jan 9, 2009 at 2:12 PM, Giuseppe Fuggiano
> > <giuseppe fuggiano gmail com> wrote:
> >> Does that netcat version is shipped under BSD license, or still GNU/GPL?
> >
> > First why do you assume it was GPL before? Can you emphatically state
> > that the license on the version you are expecting was in fact the GPL?
> > I can not find reference to the GPL in packaging of other
> > distributions that I have just checked. OpenSuse and Debian ship a
> > netcat which is effectively public domain, according to the copyright
> > notices I have found.
> >From the sources... check the COPYING file.
> http://www.mirrorservice.org/sites/download.sourceforge.net/pub/sourceforge/n/ne/netcat/netcat-0.7.1.tar.gz
> I was talking about the 0.7.1 version shipped by my previous
> distribution, which in fact is not updated since 2004.
> > Second, since the Fedora package points you to the upstream source you
> > have the ability to check the license for yourself quite easily.  I
> > don't think its GPL by looking at the  c files in the openbsd cvs
> > system.   I should file a bug about that against the nc package to get
> > its license tag changed accordingly.
> http://www.openbsd.org/cgi-bin/cvsweb/src/usr.bin/nc/
> It seems to be a BSD license.  I choosen Linux for the GPL license and
> I usually avoid the non-GPL software (Free Software) when adviced of
> that, of course.
> So, let's install *BSD.
I think just about all BSD licenses are GPL compatible with the
exception of what is referred to as the 'Original BSD License' because
of an advertising clause that was in the license.


one thing is for sure though, openbsd is all about free license


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