Ownership of Samba code [Was: Re: VxFS quotas]

andrew morgan morgan at orst.edu
Tue Mar 27 17:52:48 GMT 2001

On Tue, 27 Mar 2001, Jeremy Allison wrote:

> On Tue, Mar 27, 2001 at 11:23:04AM -0600, Gerald Carter wrote:
> > Dodging the issue of ownership, all code contributed to Samba
> > is released under the GPL, so it may be a better idea to
> > ask is the GPL compatible with NetaTalk's license. I haven't
> > looked so I can't comment.
> No it isn't. Netatalk is BSD licensed. This has been an
> issue in the past with Netatalk being able to benefit from
> the Samba share mode code, but we can't give it to them
> under that license.

Excellent, another reason for netatalk to go GPL.  There has been
(understandably) a heated discussion about this on the netatalk lists.
One question is the legality of changing the license from BSD to GPL.  Is
this possible?  Do we just branch at some point, saying that the code is
now GPL, or do we need permission from every person that has contributed

Would it be okay for me to use the VxFS quota code in my own local
installation of netatalk as long as I do not release it to the public?
Obviously I could do this covertly anyways, but I'd rather do this right.


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