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industrial coldfire board apparently running aros68k and licensing issues

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long story few may be already aware in here, me being from the start rather sceptical about, but turning out to be likely a real thing. reveals aros licensing problems though.

worth to consider?

http://amigaworld.net/modules/newbb/v ... t=0&viewmode=flat&order=0


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Okay everyone,

I have the verdict regarding the project.

Here's the story:

Today, before lunch I asked my immediate supervisor if I could take some pics of the prototype. He replied, "You can take pictures and video of the screen, but not the hardware, because that hardware is a special run for one of our clients. It is not intended to be marketed to the general public." I said okay, fine. I was going to wait until lunchtime, and then do the pics and video of the screen while the board was in operation. Lunch time arrived, but before I could do it, my supervisor asked me to come with him to talk with the president.

The president asked me about my project, and I told him that I made "an emulator for a 1980's computer from Commodore, based on the Motorola 68000." He asked me, "Is all of the code your own work?" I told him that the firmware and the bootstrap was all mine, the most of the FPGA code and some of the Aros code was mine, the rest was already there. He then asked, "What license is the source code available under? GPL? BSD?" I then told him that part of the FPGA code was GPL, while Aros was APL. He said, "Affero or Apache Public License?", I replied that Aros was a custom license.

He then replied, "Unfortunately, I cannot allow you to display our hardware running ANY code that isn't licensed under an OSI recognized license, for legal reasons." He then proceeded, "Imagine if an IBM engineer posted a video on YouTube of an IBM machine running OS X from Apple? Apple's legal team would file a lawsuit against IBM within 10 minutes of it going live."

He then went on to say that if I made my own OS or software of whatever, they would offer it on the company FTP for our customers, but it would have to be ALL my code or under an OSI license, no exceptions. He then said that he thought it was a nice concept and that I am a talented programmer, and perhaps I should consider making a project that I could call my own.

So now I have to find something GPL to run on the prototype, write my own OS (i'll be done when Hell is done freezing over) or scrap everything.

Any ideas or suggestions are welcome... I'm at a blank.


the board running emutos, which a presentation has been approved by the board manufacturer because its gpl-ed:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrBvJozVpcA&feature=youtu.be

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Perhaps we should try to get the APL approved as an OSI licence. In theory it shouldn't take long as it's almost a word for word copy of the MPL.

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+1

Here's the procedure
http://opensource.org/approval

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well if so then get it on. any means by which aros can be made more attractive to companies and extern devs should be considered right.

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To avoid duplication of work: If nobody else raises his hands I'll try to get OSI approval tomorrow (Friday, about 10:00 o'clock Berlin time)

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~raises hand~

Sent off an email last night.

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terminills wrote:
~raises hand~

Sent off an email last night.


Very good. I'm curious: what "proliferation category" did you chose?
http://opensource.org/proliferation-report

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Damm, you are all so efficient.

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http://opensource.org/approval/#legacy-approval

"Licenses that are redundant with more popular licenses" was the one that seemed the most fittiing






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http://opensource.org/approval/#legacy-approval

"Licenses that are redundant with more popular licenses" was the one that seemed the most fittiing



Makes sense.

I would have probably chosen "Licenses that are popular and widely used or with strong communities"

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