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[Puppet Users] Relicensing and copyright, starting with Facter

From:  Luke Kanies <>
Subject:  [Puppet Users] Relicensing and copyright, starting with Facter
Date:  Mon, 9 Nov 2009 15:57:22 -0800
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Hi all,

As promised in the spring[1], we're finally starting to execute on our  
licensing and copyright strategy.

At this point, our plan is to convert Puppet and Facter to the Apache  
license, release any further projects under the same license, and  
require CLAs for any significant contribution.  We're not yet sure how  
hard or successful that plan will be, so we're going to start with  
Facter, and then make our plans for Puppet based on how that project  

Our plan at this point is to follow the Apache project for our CLAs.   
For example, here's the individual contributor agreement:

However, that is not set in stone.  This project necessarily involves  
conversations with lawyers on our end, because we'll need to be able  
to make promises to customers, and those promises need the appropriate  
documentation to back them up.  As everyone knows, lawyers are crazy,  
so those conversations might result in some kind of change of the CLA.

Over the next week or two, we'll be adding the necessary documentation  
to the web site, hopefully with all of the questions answered.  Anyone  
who's contributed to Facter should also expect contact from Beth Raby,  
who works for me and will be tracking individual contributors down and  
managing who's signed what.

Once we've got all of the contributions either assigned or rewritten,  
we'll officially relicense Facter to the latest Apache license, and  
reassess our plan from there.

If anyone's interested in participating in this project, please let me  
know, as I'm sure we can use the help.

Does that work for everyone?

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Aizu's Second Law:
     What changes the world is communication, not information.
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