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Submission + - SFLC Completes Review of Linux Wireless Code (softwarefreedom.org)

redbeard55 writes: The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) today announced that it has carefully reviewed the lineage of the open source Atheros wireless driver for Linux and determined which portions can be distributed under the ISC license (also known as the 2-clause BSD license).

The two general papers, as well as a detailed document explaining SFLC's review of the Linux Wireless team's ath5k driver, are available at http://www.softwarefreedom.org/resources/

Ultimately, all the copyright holders of the Linux ath5k-driver code, derived from ar5k, have been contacted and have agreed to license their changes under the ISC license, thus allowing improvements to be re-incorporated into OpenBSD. One of the three historical branches of the code reviewed by SFLC, however, included portions that are only licensed under the GPL, and SFLC has determined that it would be very difficult to re-incorporate that code into OpenBSD.

"We're pleased to help bring clarity to the Linux Wireless Developers as they work towards inclusion of their code in the Linux kernel," said Karen Sandler, SFLC Counsel.
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