[linux-elitists] How is it possible to have a dual licensed Linux Distro.

Rick Moen rick@linuxmafia.com
Fri Aug 31 16:56:31 PDT 2007

Quoting James Sparenberg (james@linuxrebel.org):

>   I came across this today on Linux Devices.  Being less that savvy on the 
> license side, I'm curious how someone thinks this can be done, as it looks 
> like they are re-licensing GPL'd software.  
>   The first line in this article 
> -- http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS3953873333.html is "A company 
> maintaining a dual-licensed Linux distribution for x86-based routers ....."  

The question you need to ask:  "_What_ copyrighted works specifically 
are being dual-licensed?"  

If you were to look into details of the situation, I suspect you'd find
that Vyatta doesn't purport to dual-licence the portions of the
composite router product that it uses under other people's copyleft
licences, only those portions either BSD-licensed
(http://www.xorp.org/license.html) or over which it holds sole

Vyatta's is said to have constructed its "Open Flexible Router" product
"by integrating parts of more than 60 open source projects, as well as
its own code."  (http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS3953873333.html)

These guys spoke at SVLUG.  They seem both smart and on the up-and-up.

[1] Nothing prevents you from dual-licensing a codebase you own outright
under multiple, diverse licenses.  Each licence attaches to its
respective codebase instance.

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