Bug 17207 - Inconsistency on licensing terms between code and FAQ
Summary: Inconsistency on licensing terms between code and FAQ
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: R
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Misc (show other bugs)
Version: R-devel (trunk)
Hardware: All All
: P5 major
Assignee: R-core
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Reported: 2017-01-07 15:20 UTC by Dirk Eddelbuettel
Modified: 2017-01-07 15:27 UTC (History)
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Description Dirk Eddelbuettel 2017-01-07 15:20:45 UTC
Files such as  src/library/base/R/license.R  state

  #  This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
  #  it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
  #  the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
  #  (at your option) any later version.

Invoking license() clarifies this which is good. It may helps those who already have R installation and look at the startup prompt.  

However, FAQ 2.11 has no 'greater or equal than':

  2.11 Can I use R for commercial purposes?
  =========================================

  R is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL), version 2.

I suggest you alter this accordingly.
Comment 1 Dirk Eddelbuettel 2017-01-07 15:27:43 UTC
Also, license() etc have 

    cat("\nThis software is distributed under the terms of the GNU General\n")
    cat("Public License, either Version 2, June 1991 or Version 3, June 2007.\n")