[openstack-dev] [horizon] Do No Evil

Daniel P. Berrange berrange at redhat.com
Mon Mar 9 14:14:12 UTC 2015

On Sun, Mar 08, 2015 at 11:19:10PM +0100, Thomas Goirand wrote:
> On 03/08/2015 06:34 PM, Mike Bayer wrote:
> > 
> > 
> > Ian Wells <ijw.ubuntu at cack.org.uk> wrote:
> > 
> >> With apologies for derailing the question, but would you care to tell us what evil you're planning on doing?  I find it's always best to be informed about these things.
> > 
> > All of us, every day, do lots of things that someone is going to think is
> > evil. From eating meat, to living various kinds of lifestyles, to supporting
> > liberal or conservative causes, to just living in a certain country, to
> > using Windows or other “non-free” operating systems, to top-posting, makes
> > you evil to someone; to lots of people, in fact. This is why a blanket
> > statement like “do no evil” is pretty much down to two choices, A. based on
> > some arbitrary, undefined notion of “evil” in which case nobody can use the
> > software, or B. based on the user’s own subjective view of “evil” which
> > means the phrase is just a humorous frill. Maybe authors add this phrase as
> > a means to limit the use of their software only to those communities where
> > such a statement is patently ridiculous (e.g., not publicly held
> > corporations).
> > 
> > but also given that “evil” can be almost anything, I don’t think it’s reasonable
> > that users would have to report on their intended brand of “evil”.
> tl;dr: Debian considers the "do no evil" license non-free.


> Anyway, you understood me: please *never* use this Expat/MIT license
> with the "The Software shall be used for Good, not Evil." additional
> clause. This is non-free software, which I will *never* be able to
> upload to Debian (and Canonical guys will have the same issue).

The same is true of Fedora's licensing policies. Code under a license
with this clause is not permitted in Fedora.

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