On Thu, Oct 08, 1998 at 09:55:19AM -0400, Stephen J. Carpenter wrote: > > I'm sure someone would be happy to package it in .deb format, but by the > > sounds of your message neither source is included and only non-commercial > > use is permitted. Either one of these would cause Debian to place your > > product in its non-free section as it fails the Debian Free Software > > Guidelines (http://www.debian.org/social_contract). The package would be on > > the FTP mirrors and people could download and even distribute on CD-ROM that > > package, but the non-free section would never be distributed by Debian. > > Many vendors do though, so it's probably not a major worry. > > I didn't catch the begining of this thead but... > if noone else has stepped up I would be happy to work on this. > (from the first statement of "I'm sure someone would be happy to package > it in .deb format" it sounds like noone has yet) Nope, but if you want to go ahead and contact them for info. I'm not terribly interested in packaging something that'd have to go into non-free if it wasn't something I'd really use everyday. Since I have no windoze boxen on this LAN (or even really a LAN at this time) there's no need for me to run antivirus software. > I can't make out from the snippit of the original message if this would be > distributable via FTP site like this or not...seems like it... > but if not I would be happy to package it in deb format so that it could > be distributed by others that way. Permission for Debian redistribution is fine for a non-free package, but in order to be in main (and on ALL Debian CDs) it would have to be essentially free to all with source code.. Of course one can make a "professional" version that is non-free and you can suggest commercial businesses use that, maybe it'd have some kind of network support or something. But the version Debian would be able to distribute in main would have to be free, with source, allowed to be distributed further than Debian, and no requirements as to who can or cannot use it. Otherwise it's not Free Software and is just software you don't have to pay for..
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