This file indicates it is "Based on LinEAK Project:
LinEAK looks to be GPL licensed, so this file may be contaminated.
Also though not as serious, but the file xkeyboard-config.spec.in file looks to be under the LGPL license.
Can these files be specifically relicensed under the MIT/X11 license?
I ran across another suspect file that may have GPL contamination:
// nikud patter based on Dekel Tsur's Hebrew mapping for LyX
The spec file is created by me - so I happily put X11 license on it.
Regarding the lineak heritage - I'll try to contact his authors and make some agreement.
Concerning that mapping for Lyx - there is no mentioning that it was ever included into lyx or put under same license. So I would not bother about this issue.
Regarding the LinEAK reference, the problem goes back to 2001, xfree86 epoch. See
I will try to contact Eich and ask his opinion (since he was the person who committed that problematic code).
I don't really see the issue here. This was added to support a project that happens to be under GPL. If we had left it out people who wanted to use it had to patch their files themselves. I don't think that adding support for another project that is under GPL will infect us.
I have been asked to include this stuff which I did with the understanding that those who provided it agreed to the MIT license. If they had a different understanding and want to get anal about it we can nuke this code. However I doubt that this will happen.
Neither back in the old XFree86 days nor today do we require a written agreement from people that they understand our license and agree to put their submissions under this license. Instead we rather assume this unless someone states otherwise in which case we refuse the submission.
I can get in touch with Stanislav Brabec about this. But at this point I don't think it is necessary.
Dan, are you happy with it? Can we close this bug?
Egbert's comment seems to indicate this contribution was not "based on"
anything in LinEAK, but rather was added to XFree86 in order to enable LinEAK.
That should be ok.
So, everybody's happy
Just for posterity...
I was able to contact Dekel Tsur and he did confirm that the code
attributed to him (in file xkeyboard-config-0.9/symbols/il)
is available under the MIT/X11/license.
Thanks for the updated. We are clean then.