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Re: Uploaded xsnow 1.40-2 (source i386) to master

On Wed, 10 Sep 1997, joost witteveen wrote:

> > Source: xsnow
> > Distribution: unstable
> Shouldn't it go to non-free? There's something rather strange with
> the licence, and Steve somewhere said that he discussed things
> with the author, and believed it should go to non-free.

>From xsnow copyright file:


 Xsnow is available freely and you may give it to other people as is,
 but I retain all rights. Therefore it does not classify as 'Public
 Domain' software.

The following was mailed to me by Rick Jansen:

> I'd like to include xsnow in the Debian GNU/Linux distribution (see 
> http://www.debian.org/), but I'm unsure whether your copyright allows me 
> to do so. 

Distribution of Xsnow as I released it is allowed. Distribution of Xsnow
with changes is not, unless it concerns changes to the Makefile/Imakefile.

Hereby I allow you to include Xsnow in the Debian GNU/Linux distribution.


This is hardly DFSG complaint. Perhaps someone should contact the
author and tell him about the Artistic License...

(I remember filing a bug report for xsnow about its non-free-but-distributable
status, but that was before the contrib-is-DFSG-only policy was proposed.
That bug should be closed now, I guess.)

Enrique Zanardi					ezanardi@noah.dfis.ull.es
Dpto. Fisica Fundamental y Experimental
Univ. de La Laguna

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