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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-06-06 11:04:43

Maciej Sobczak <prog_at_[hidden]> writes:

> Tobias Schwinger wrote:
>> GREPping over the Gentoo Linux [ ] - Ebuilds
>> tells me that the following projects have boost among their
>> dependecies:
> Which raises an interesting point.
> The Boost licence was carefully worded in a way that does not require
> the dependent software to admit it. In other words, I can write a
> software that uses Boost and I don't have to give any credits to the
> Boost community when advertising my product. Some vendors of proprietary
> and closed software (and maybe others as well) can see this as a feature
> of the Boost licensing scheme.
> Some might even use Boost and *hide* this fact from their customers [1].
> It is still fine from the licence point of view.

That's intentional.

> Now - is it OK to publicly list projects as "proud" users of Boost,
> without asking them first whether they want to announce this?

If the entity wants to keep its use of Boost a secret, that's fine --
they should just keep it a secret. If the information is "out there,"
we're free to duplicate it.

Dave Abrahams
Boost Consulting

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