Open Source Initiative OSI - The Open Group Test Suite License:Licensing

Submitted by nelson on Tue, 2006-10-31 04:56. ::

The Open Group Test Suite License


The intent of this document is to state the conditions under which a Package
may be copied, such that the Copyright Holder maintains some semblance of
artistic control over the development of the package, while giving the users of
the package the right to use and distribute the Package in a more-or-less
customary fashion, plus the right to make reasonable modifications.

Testing is essential for proper development and maintenance of
standards-based products.

For buyers: adequate conformance testing leads to reduced integration costs
and protection of investments in applications, software and people.

For software developers: conformance testing of platforms and middleware
greatly reduces the cost of developing and maintaining multi-platform
application software.

For suppliers: In-depth testing increases customer satisfaction and keeps
development and support costs in check. API conformance is highly measurable
and suppliers who claim it must be able to substantiate that claim.

As such, since these are benchmark measures of conformance, we feel the
integrity of test tools is of importance. In order to preserve the integrity of
the existing conformance modes of this test package and to permit recipients of
modified versions of this package to run the original test modes, this license
requires that the original test modes be preserved.

If you find a bug in one of the standards mode test cases, please let us know so
we can feed this back into the original, and also raise any specification
issues with the appropriate bodies (for example the POSIX committees).


  • "Package" refers to the collection of files distributed by the Copyright
    Holder, and derivatives of that collection of files created through textual

  • "Standard Version" refers to such a Package if it has not been modified, or
    has been modified in accordance with the wishes of the Copyright Holder.

  • "Copyright Holder" is whoever is named in the copyright or copyrights for
    the package. "You" is you, if you're thinking about copying or distributing
    this Package.

  • "Reasonable copying fee" is whatever you can justify on the basis of media
    cost, duplication charges, time of people involved, and so on. (You will not be
    required to justify it to the Copyright Holder, but only to the computing
    community at large as a market that must bear the fee.)

  • "Freely Available" means that no fee is charged for the item itself,
    though there may be fees involved in handling the item. It also means that
    recipients of the item may redistribute it under the same conditions they
    received it.

1. You may make and give away verbatim copies of the source form of the
Standard Version of this Package without restriction, provided that you
duplicate all of the original copyright notices and associated disclaimers.

2. You may apply bug fixes, portability fixes and other modifications derived
from the Public Domain or from the Copyright Holder. A Package modified in such
a way shall still be considered the Standard Version.

3. You may otherwise modify your copy of this Package in any way, provided
that you insert a prominent notice in each changed file stating how and when
you changed that file, and provided that you do at least the following:

rename any non-standard executables and testcases so the names do not
conflict with standard executables and testcases, which must also be provided,
and provide a separate manual page for each non-standard executable and
testcase that clearly documents how it differs from the Standard

4. You may distribute the programs of this Package in object code or
executable form, provided that you do at least the following:

accompany any non-standard executables and testcases with their corresponding
Standard Version executables and testcases, giving the non-standard executables
and testcases non-standard names, and clearly documenting the differences in
manual pages (or equivalent), together with instructions on where to get the
Standard Version.

5. You may charge a reasonable copying fee for any distribution of this
Package. You may charge any fee you choose for support of this Package. You may
not charge a fee for this Package itself. However, you may distribute this
Package in aggregate with other (possibly commercial) programs as part of a
larger (possibly commercial) software distribution provided that you do not
advertise this Package as a product of your own.

6. The scripts and library files supplied as input to or produced as output
from the programs of this Package do not automatically fall under the copyright
of this Package, but belong to whomever generated them, and may be sold
commercially, and may be aggregated with this Package.

7.Subroutines supplied by you and linked into this Package shall not be
considered part of this Package.

8. The name of the Copyright Holder may not be used to endorse or promote
products derived from this software without specific prior written


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