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We at the Apache VCL project are trying to get our first release out. VCL is
a cloud management framework. It is written in perl and php.
While there is no third party software bundled with VCL, there are two types
of third party software dependencies we have questions about.
The first, required perl modules, may not even be considered third party. For
the perl code, we have a script that will install all required additional
perl modules. There's about 14 such modules (with the possibility that some
of them may already be installed). Most of those modules say they are
licensed under the same terms as perl itself. A few of them explicitly state
they are licensed under one of "Artistic License", GPL, or LGPL. How should
we go about listing these licenses? Should they be listed out in the README
file, the NOTICE file, or somewhere else? The script that installs them
displays a message stating that it will install some items licensed
under "Artistic License", GPL, and LGPL and requires that you type YES to
proceed with installing them.
The second type of third party software depends on how you want to use VCL.
VCL can manage physical machines using xCAT (which must be set up separately
and is outside the scope of installing VCL), or VCL can manage VMWare based
systems, with other hypervisors to be added in later. Also, there is some
experimental work being done to support intelligent storage, starting with
NetApp filers. Here's where things get a little more complicated. If using
xCAT to deploy linux on any hardware, or to deploy windows on identical
hardware, there is no third party software required (other than the perl
modules already discussed). However, if deploying windows to different types
of hardware, you must download Sysprep from Microsoft, along with any drivers
to support the different types of hardware.
If using VCL to manage VMWare systems, you need VMWare's perl libraries.
Similarly, if managing a NetApp filer, you need NetApp's perl libraries.
How do we need to list out/explain these dependencies?
Thanks for your help,
Advanced Computing | VCL Developer
North Carolina State University
my GPG/PGP key can be found at pgp.mit.edu
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