State of the kernel: license "wise".

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60 minute BoF
Scheduled: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 from 4:30 – 5:30pm in William Dawes

One Line Summary

Survey of what licenses are actually in the kernel, beyond GPLv2/GPLv2+.


This BOF will examine at the Linux kernel using current tools (FOSSology, etc.) to analyze the licensing inside the kernel itself, and illustrate what’s there and detectable beyond the GPLv2 and GPLv2+ licenses we all expect to see.

Discussion of the corner cases found by the analysis, and some of the current trends emerging in reporting licensing and copyrights will be discussed, as well as the open source tools available to assist with package analysis.


License, copyright, GPLv2, FOSSology, ninka, legal, linux kernel


  • Kate Stewart



    Development Manager for Power architecture Linux, U-boot and Gnu toolchain team at Freescale for 10 years. Just joined Canonical as Ubuntu Release Manager.

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