[arch-general] Opinions on PowerShell?

kendell clark coffeekingms at gmail.com
Fri Aug 19 15:51:12 UTC 2016


I took a brief look at powershell today when I found out it had been 
open sourced. I looked at some of the c# source code files and they all 
read that they're licensed under the apache license, version 2.0. I 
haven't read that thing, it's probably full of legalese I wouldn't 
understand, but I bet it's probably lax on the patent front or microsoft 
wouldn't have chosen it. So we could, theoretically, get into trouble 
packaging it for arch, although I don't think it's likely. Of course I 
am not a lawyer or a programmer, this is just my two scents.


Kendell Clark

On 08/19/2016 10:47 AM, Sebastiaan Lokhorst via arch-general wrote:
> 2016-08-19 17:36 GMT+02:00 Jayesh Badwaik <archlinux at jayeshbadwaik.in>:
>> The point was patents.
> A company can give out licenses to use a patent. If Microsoft would have
> patented stuff in PowerShell, but then releases them with the following
> license included:
>> Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a
> copy
>> of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to
> deal
>> in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the
> rights
>> to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell
>> copies of the Software ...
> Then Microsoft has given you a license to use that patent under the
> conditions listed above, and they cannot sue you.
> Please correct me if I'm mistaken.

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