Re: One unclear point in the Vim license
> > Looking again at the Vim license, it is not clear whether it permits
> > distribution of executables of modified versions of Vim. I hope this
> > is permitted, since otherwise it would be rather a disaster.
> > What is your intention?
> Distributing a modified version of Vim (sources and/or executables) is
> certainly allowed. I don't see why you would think it's not allowed.
> The words explicitly state the right to distribute modified sources,
> but they don't seem to talk about distribution modified of
> executables. So I was not sure whether that is permitted.
You don't modify executables, you modify the sources and recompile. Is
it unclear somewhere that executables made from modified sources can be
distributed (with the conditions about making the source code
> I've made some changes in the Vim license text, attempting to state
> the same conditions but in clearer language. Here's the result.
> What do you think? Have I expressed the conditions that you want?
It seems you started with a slightly older version of the license. The
one I'm using for Vim 6.0 does not have the part about sending me a copy
of a CD-ROM (I have plenty! :-).
I have gone over your version and updated the license a bit. I'll
include it below. I intend to keep the part about sending me diffs,
because this is what most people will want to know. And I do prefer to
receive changes as diffs.
I'll also send a copy of this to the debian list. They made a few
remarks in the past, I'm sure they want to check these changes.
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