[U-Boot-Users] License issues with Xilinx provided files
wd at denx.de
Tue May 9 00:19:29 CEST 2006
it has been brought to my attention that there are a couple of Xilinx
priovided files in the U-Boot tree which are not compatible with the
These files are (at least):
The problem with these files is especially this part in the file
XILINX IS PROVIDING THIS DESIGN, CODE, OR INFORMATION "AS IS"
AS A COURTESY TO YOU, SOLELY FOR USE IN DEVELOPING PROGRAMS AND
SOLUTIONS FOR XILINX DEVICES. BY PROVIDING THIS DESIGN, CODE,
We cannot take this lightly, as in other files, Xilinx uses a
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the
Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your
option) any later version.
XILINX IS PROVIDING THIS DESIGN, CODE, OR INFORMATION "AS IS" AS A
COURTESY TO YOU. BY PROVIDING THIS DESIGN, CODE, OR INFORMATION AS
It is obvious, that the second file is intended to be GPLed, while
the first one is not.
Do you see a way to submit new versions of the aforementioned files
with a GPL compatible license header? If not, I have no other option
but to remove these files from the U-Boot source tree.
Please note that this also means that copies of the U-Boot code which
include these files like those distributed by Xilinx (for example, as
http://www.xilinx.com/bvdocs/appnotes/xapp542.zip) violate the GPL,
and I must ask you to stop distributing these files.
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