Fwd: Oolite in Debian
For future reference, here is the answer from Oolite's author.
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From: Oolite Developer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Apr 8, 2006 11:31 AM
Subject: Re: Oolite in Debian
To: Eddy Petrişor <email@example.com>
On 8 Apr 2006, at 02:46, Eddy Petrişor wrote:
> You might know that Debian has a policy that favours free software,
> while non-free software can be acceptable if it is legaly
> The license of Oolite is thought to be non-free mainly because it does
> not allow distribuition if sold. This might or might not have been (I
> can read minds :-) your intention, but, still this would mean that
> Oolite would not be a part of the main distribution. This means that
> Oolite could never be a part of an official Debian release, but only
> be a tolerated software.
You are absolutely correct. Oolite's license is not 'free' as defined
by OSI or FSF principles, and this is by design as it is intended
that no-one should profit directly from Oolite.
I've made clear in past discussions that the non-commercial clause in
Oolite's license is non-negotiable.
My only exception to this is that should a developer of free software
wish to incorporate parts of Oolite's code into their work that I
would permit such use, where the resulting product is to be entirely
distinct from Oolite.
I'm happy for Oolite and/or its source code to be distributed as
Sorry to appear 'touchy' about this, but I've had my tolerance for
this matter pushed by one or two free software fanatics and I have no
desire to indulge in any further religious debate.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge" A.Einstein