Re: Debian's "Modify & Redistribute" Policy (was: the ncurses
Bruce writes, replying to Brian White:
> > I agree with you on this. I personally believe that Debian should relax
> > this requirement about non-modifiable & redistributable code not being
> > suitable for the primary distribution. I've never seen how it helps any
> > cause other than sticking a finger in the eye of those who might like
> > to keep some medium of control over their work.
> We can't allow it because it prohibits ports, and it prohibits bug-fixes.
And this IMO is an entirely cogent and reasonable objection.
Fortunately there is a way to solve this problem within the Debian license
constraints. See paragraph 1 of the license constraints in the "Social
Contract" and consider the implications.
<a href="http://www.ccil.org/~esr">Eric S. Raymond</a>
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