Force license display of non-free drivers?

Corey Burger corey.burger at
Wed Oct 15 07:47:52 BST 2008

On Tue, Oct 14, 2008 at 7:09 AM, Martin Pitt <martin.pitt at> wrote:
> Hi all,
> asks for Jockey to display the full
> license text of a non-free driver before enabling it. So far I did not
> do this. The UI already offers the display of the complete license
> text, so people who actually want to read it can do so easily.  Other
> people who don't bother won't read the license text in a forced
> confirmation dialog either.
> What do other people think about this? Is there a particular legal
> requirement for us to force the display of it?

I don't know about legal requirements, but showing people a bunch of
legalese they are not going to read anyway is a waste of time. Not to
mention a potential stick for the blogs to beat us with.

As for the legal issues, I really suspect that the people who need to
be worried are the big orgs, who are not going to showing this to
their users anyway, as their machines will be controlled by IT.


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