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Re: Request for build: mpg123. - why I think its free

Having recently visited the web site for mpg123, and compiled it on several computers, I can tell you that it is just as free as Debian Linux.

True, his license restricts usage to non-commercial. However, the GPL license which Debian Linux is under restricts it from being distributed without source code, and under any license besides GPL (hence the 'viral' mode of GPL). Michael Hipp is simply avoiding the hassles of licensing by declaring his package as 'non-commercial'. Instead of placing source code restrictions, and using a 'viral' license, he has stated that we can do as we please with it, so long as we include a copy of his license, and a copy of his readme files. In fact, it may even be allowed for 'limited' commercial usage.

Folks, RTM :)

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I have to tell ya, sounds free to me.

On Friday, March 29, 2002, at 07:30  AM, Wouter Verhelst wrote:

On Fri, 29 Mar 2002, Lo'oRiS il Kabukimono wrote:

mpg123 does offer some things that mpg321 does not. mpg321 is a free
rewrite of mpg123, but as of yet, it's not complete.

ok, this way it is different

Once it is, I would completely agree with you. Right now, it isn't.

right. just out of curiosity, what's non-free in mpg123 ?

Not sure. IIRC, something about non-profit use only.

wouter dot verhelst at advalvas dot be

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