> My company is concerned about the use of freeware
> in production machines. Does anyone know whether
> the following software is free, i.e. we need not pay a
> dollar to use them ?
> - wu-ftpd
> - expect
> - top/proctool
> - sudo
> - lsof
> - gzip
> - traceroute
They all arrived in source form on my BSD cdrom, so I'd guess so.
From what source I have on my system at the moment:
traceroute - BSD license
expect - public domain, from NIST. Love your govt. :-)
top - BSDish license, certainly free to use.
proctool - no idea
sudo - GPL
lsof - BSD license
gzip - GPL
wu-ftpd - dunno, probably GPL.
A BSD style license means you are free to use it as you wish, and don't
have to publish your modifications to the original source base. A GPL
is still free, except you are required to publish source code at all
times, including modifications you have made.
Yes, I know that this is a gross simplification, please don't flame me.
I've had enough of licensing flame wars.
Dom Mitchell -- Palmer & Harvey McLane -- Unix Systems Administrator
``Damn the philosophy, just provide the functionality and let anyone
with a competing philosophy come up with some better alternative if
they don't like it.'' -- JKH