[ntp:hackers] Cool new stuff

David L. Mills mills at udel.edu
Mon Jul 24 15:44:03 UTC 2006


 From my perspective I see ISC libraries becoming essential for the NTP 
distribution and am concerned that this dependency could lead to legal 
complexities. There has been too much legal noise on the wire from Paul 
and Todd. I want it to stop.


Harlan Stenn wrote:

> Dave,
>> I must come clean and unbundle my soul. I'm very much afraid that ISC
>> (or another party) might sneak some piece of code or library that will
>> restrict the ability to distributed the code freely and to any party and
>> for any purpose. And then discover that NTP will not run without that
>> piece of code or library and it would be impractical to backtrack.
> ISC can't sneak code in there.
> You and I are the only ones who have access to the main repos.
> I too am interested in keeping the code freely usable.
> Yes, it is possible that some developer might (knowingly or not) get
> some code in there that runs counter to this, but if that should happen
> we can either back out that change, find a free alternative, or rewrite
> the code.
> So this begs the next question - do you mistrust me?
> H

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