Xserver driver merging pros & cons

Chase Douglas chase.douglas at canonical.com
Fri Sep 16 11:34:33 PDT 2011

On 09/16/2011 10:24 AM, Alan Coopersmith wrote:
> On 09/16/11 08:35, Chase Douglas wrote:
>> AFAIK, and IANAL, BSD code can be relicensed as GPL code without any
>> issues (as long as none of the BSD code has the dreaded 4th condition).
>> X.org could be released as dual BSD/GPL.
> Because the MIT license we use is compatible with GPL, there really is
> no point in dual-licensing the code - it gives no benefit over just
> shipping MIT-only.

The benefit I was thinking of was being able to ship the server under a
single license, with parts of the server being dual licensed. This would
allow inclusion of GPL code without issue.

However, maybe it's not a problem to ship an xserver with different
parts under different licenses. Debian packaging allows for a package to
have multiple upstream licenses for different files.

So the question is: why couldn't we merge wacom (under GPL) into a
monolithic tree?

-- Chase

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