Bug #8913


Unclear licensing terms on lib/gserver.rb

Added by terceiro (Antonio Terceiro) over 9 years ago. Updated about 9 years ago.

Target version:
ruby -v:


The reader of the file only says this:

Copyright (C) 2001 John W. Small All Rights Reserved

Author:: John W. Small

Documentation:: Gavin Sinclair

Licence:: Freeware.

What does "Freeware" mean? With only that said, one cannot assume that file is free software/open source.

The intention is probably to have it licensed under the same terms of the rest of Ruby, so it would be nice to change that header to not mention any explicit licensing terms (even though "Freeware" is not a proper license) so that the global licensing terms of Ruby also apply to this file.

Updated by matz (Yukihiro Matsumoto) over 9 years ago

He agreed with Ruby's license when we asked him to allow merging gserver.rb to the distribution.
We should have updated.


Updated by zzak (Zak Scott) over 9 years ago

  • Category changed from lib to doc
  • Status changed from Open to Assigned
  • Assignee set to zzak (Zak Scott)

I will update the gserver docs to reflect the license change

Actions #3

Updated by zzak (Zak Scott) over 9 years ago

  • Status changed from Assigned to Closed
  • % Done changed from 0 to 100

This issue was solved with changeset r42994.
Antonio, thank you for reporting this issue.
Your contribution to Ruby is greatly appreciated.
May Ruby be with you.

  • lib/gserver.rb: [DOC] correct gserver.rb license [Bug #8913]

Updated by nagachika (Tomoyuki Chikanaga) over 9 years ago

  • Backport changed from 1.9.3: REQUIRED, 2.0.0: REQUIRED to 1.9.3: REQUIRED, 2.0.0: DONE

r42994 is backported to ruby_2_0_0 at r43060.

Updated by usa (Usaku NAKAMURA) over 9 years ago

Backported to ruby_1_9_3 at r43489.

Updated by usa (Usaku NAKAMURA) about 9 years ago

  • Backport changed from 1.9.3: REQUIRED, 2.0.0: DONE to 1.9.3: DONE, 2.0.0: DONE

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