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procmail/SmartList license (was Re: AW: Bug#8676: etc).


This is just to clarify things:

On Sat, 12 Apr 1997, Bruce Perens wrote:
> Also, Stephen van den Berg seems to have gone onto other
> things - the SmartList release never happened.

Well, since a few weeks Stephen is working on it again (he has released
procmail and SmartList v 3.11pre5 and 3.11pre6), and he told me that 3.11
is near (he even removed procmail-3.10 from his FTP server).

> Now that we have MailAgent, procmail is less important.

Unfortunately, we run our lists using SmartList which is based on
procmail. I suppose we should not be using a software that we are not
allowed to distribute according to our policy. Oops.

> Here are my proposed guidelines (again).
> [...]

[ Side note: For me it is not "again", but the first time ]

Clearly from this, procmail and SmartList are not free software:

> 7. The rights attached to the program must not depend on the program's
>    being part of a Debian system. If a person extracts the program from
>    Debian and uses it or distributes it without Debian, that person and
>    any people to whom the program is redistributed should have the same
>    rights as those that are granted in conjunction with the Debian system.

Could not we try to ask Stephen to make it *completely free* before moving
it to non-free? It would be really a pity...

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Santiago Vila <sanvila@unex.es>

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