September 17, 2008 36 Comments
We’ve received a lot of feedback on the licensing proposal. The commentary overwhelmingly indicated the proposed approach wasn’t good enough (that would be an understatement). We looked at it again, incorporated suggestions from the community at large and from some of the Linux distributors. The new design addresses both presentation and content. We’re still tweaking the language a bit and working on the implementation, but directionally this is where we’re going.
Presentation: There’s no click-through, or license splashed in the users face on start-up (or at any point thereafter). We’ll either include some text on the first-run page or in an info box that links to a static page in the browser that contains a notice about your rights. We’re still working through which implementation works best – so this isn’t final. Some examples below:
Content: There is no EULA. There are no caps except where grammatically required. There is a notice page that points to the MPL, provides summary information on the rights that come with it, includes a statement about trademarks, and a statement about optional web services (like safe-browsing) that are not covered under the MPL. The notice includes a link to the terms related to the services. Screenshots and text will be coming in the next hour or so.
We’ll likely see the first implementation of this in the Ubuntu builds, and depending on shipping schedules we see how this rolls out across other distributions/platforms and in our packages.
Obviously, we’ve been working with Canonical to get this worked out; however, the Red Hat and Fedora folks have also provided invaluable guidance.