[SeaBIOS] [PATCH RFC dontapply] license: make acpi bits GPLv2 compatible

Kevin O'Connor kevin at koconnor.net
Tue Mar 19 00:49:32 CET 2013

On Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 04:14:27PM +0200, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> As an intermediate step in the process of moving acpi tables to qemu, we
> need to make sure the code we'll be moving is GPLv2 compatible.
> I think keeping the relevant files dual-license for a while is the best
> way to do this, this way code and bufixes can be shared.
> When everything moves to QEMU and if we drop commmon code from seabios,
> dual license can go.
> The code was originally GPLv2 in bochs so these bits are OK.

FYI - the BIOS code was LGPLv2 in Bochs.

> When this RFC looks OK to maintainers I'll follow up with everyone who
> contributed code to these files with a request to ack this patch.
> Add a copy of GPLv2 in source, make it clear it only
> applies to specific files.
> QEMU generally prefers GPLv2 or later, but GPLv2 is also
> accepted. I assumed 'or later' won't be acceptable to Kevin,
> further, the DSDTs are currently explictly under GPLv2 so this is
> consistent.

I actually prefer "or later" - I don't recall why I didn't state that
in the beginning.  It didn't seem worthwhile to change it later on.

As before, I'm okay with relicensing the ACPI files in your patch to
GPLv2 (or LGPLv2, with or without "or later").

I don't think it makes sense to commit the GPLv2 license text to
SeaBIOS in the interim - as that seems like it could cause confusion.


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