[ntp:questions] poll interval - RFC compliance question

David L. Mills mills at udel.edu
Sat Jun 14 19:28:03 UTC 2008

David, Anton,

As I have reminded folks many, many times, please read the copyright 
statement in the distribution. Note very carefully that there is no 
license, only a copyright statement that clearly specifies no fee, no 
restictions on use other than including the copyright statement itself 
in derived products.

Except for one minor word change, the copyright statement is identical 
to the one used by MIT in Project Athena and has not chenged since 1988.

Be advised, lawyers have already stalked me about restictive licenses; I 
threw the one from IBM, who showed up unannounced, right back out the door.


David Woolley wrote:
> Anton Persson A wrote:
>> Is this requirement also valid for ntp v3, I can't quite find it
>> but I'm unsure? The reason I'm asking is that we have quite
>> a blood thirsty testing squad here and I need to clarify
>> if this is a compliance requirement or not.
> Why aren't you just using the reference implementation code?  The only 
> issue I'm aware of about the licence is that that OpenBSD claim the 
> wording means it doesn't meet their free for commercial use requirements 
> whereas Dave Mills claims that the licence already meets that 
> requirement, and doesn't need rewording.

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