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Why do we need an Acceptable Use Policy?

So Linus can trust us. It's a torturous chain of reasoning to reach the previous statement but that's how it is. It'll make life easier for everyone if we all agree what the rules of the game are.

Write access to cvs.parisc-linux.org indicates acceptance of the following Acceptable Use Policy. Authorized Users will be notified electronically of changes so they can review (and repair) the stupidity promptly.

The policy below only explicitly covers use of CVS. But use of other services (e.g. FTP) are implicitly subject to similar and appropriate common sense rules. There's just not been a need to codify those rules.

CVS Acceptable Use Policy

  • cvs.parisc-linux.org is hosted by Hewlett-Packard for the purpose of developing the Linux/PA-RISC port. HP will drop this generous offer should HP see negative press coverage. Think about it before changing or adding anything visible from this machine. i.e. Doing legal, but embarassing things could lead to HP withdrawing it's support.
  • Users will only commit content which in good faith the user has verified the legal rights to distribute under a license which is acceptable and compatible with the existing licenses in the given repository. For example, BSD and GPL Licenses are acceptable for linux kernel code. Other CVS respositories may have other requirements.
  • All CVS access is authenticated with SSH. The commit log will be used to determine the origin of content.
  • Anyone copying content (e.g. patches) from cvs.parisc-linux.org in accordance with the repository License may add "Signed-off-by:" statements to document content origin as determined by CVS logs.

Last revised: Sat, 9 Nov 2002 14:03:14 -0700