Re: Corel WordPerfect shipping Debian with WordPerfect 8
Does this mean they are releasing it for use without charge? WordPerfect
7 has a 15 day limit if you don't register (and pay a fee to do so).
While whatever they release will probably be non-free, I don't like the
idea of including cripple-ware in Debian.
Please note that I am a registered WordPerfect 7 user (and have used WP
since version 3--DOS), so my concern is not about WordPerfect per se, just
about including something that non-free. If they are releasing it in a
suitable form and you are looking for someone to pick up the package, I'd
be interested if you think it might be a suitable job for a beginning
On 15 Dec 1998, Jim Pick wrote:
> Ben Gertzfield <email@example.com> writes:
> > >From http://linux.corel.com/faq.htm:
> > Will Corel WordPerfect 8 be using any software packaging mechanisms
> > such as RPM, DEB, and TGZ?
> > Corel will ship a shrink-wrapped version of
> > Corel WordPerfect8 for Linux that will use its
> > own installation program. However, we are also
> > bundling our product with several of the major
> > Linux distributor's CDs, and for these Linux
> > distributions we will use the packaging format
> > that is employed by the Operating System
> > installation program. Therefore, a new Debian
> > distribution install CD would contain a .DEB
> > package for Corel WordPerfect 8 for Linux; the
> > same will apply to RedHat Linux (.RPM) and
> > others.
> > Hmm, they're shipping Debian with WordPerfect 8 and including it in
> > .debs? Cool! :)
> They've contacted me to ask if I'd like to do the .debs. They know me
> from the ARM/NetWinder port. I've been non-commital so far, but I
> assured them that I'm sure that somebody in Debian will probably
> volunteer to do the packaging if the licensing is free enough.
> I signed a little NDA, but I think I can blab about this, since they
> put it on the website, and this is our -devel list after all. I
> should be getting access to an early release of it before the final
> release. I don't really know anything beyond that.
> I'll cc: this to firstname.lastname@example.org to claim WordPerfect for the moment.
> If the package (when it turns up) looks like it is going to be too
> much work, I might put it up for adoption - because I'm going to be
> pretty busy getting Gnome 1.0, dwww2, and the Debian ARM port going.
> - Jim
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