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SNNS and another packaging script

Hello developers,

Currently I packaging the Stuttgart Neural Network Similator version
4.1. This software comes with a Readme.License which has the following
text in it:

3. You  may modify  your copy or copies of  SNNS or  any portion of it
only for your own use. You  may not distribute modified copies of SNNS
You may,  however, distribute your modifications as separate files (e.
patch  files)  along  with  the  unmodified  SNNS  software.  We  also
encourage users to  send changes  and improvements which would benefit
many  other  users  to  us  so  that   all  users  may  receive  these
improvements  in a later  version. The restriction not  to  distribute
modified copies is also  useful  to prevent bug  reports from  someone
else's modifications.

The way we normally package and distribute the software (with a
modified source.tar.gz package) isn't allowed according to this
license. A while ago there was some discussion about another way of
building debian packages. A concept in which the original source, a
debian-diff part and the binaries where uploaded. If we would follow
an approach like this, SNNS (and a few others) could be included into
the distribution. 

I remember someone who wrote a proposal for doing this and mentioned
to work on a script to deal with this approach. Who proposed this and
was some work done on this script? Are we going to switch to this way
of packaging (or at least after we made the release of 1.1)?

Erick Branderhorst@heel.fgg.eur.nl +31-10-4635142
Department of General Surgery (Intensive Care) University Hospital Rotterdam NL

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