Re: ncurses is ancient, and rxvt terminfo is broken
Avery Pennarun wrote:
> People noticed months ago (leading to the long and complicated transfer of
> ownership to FSF) that ncurses versions up to 4.1 are actually non-free
> according to the DSFG:
> Permission is hereby granted to reproduce and distribute ncurses
> by any means and for any fee, whether alone or as part of a
> larger distribution, in source or in binary form, PROVIDED
> this notice is included with any such distribution, not removed
> from header files, and is reproduced in any documentation
> accompanying it or the applications linked with it.
> There is nothing permitting people to make modifications.
> Many other changes have been made since 1.9.9 was released. Why are we
> still using the old one?
Err, if the new ncurses is non-free and if we include it in favour of the
old one, tons of packages suddenly become non-free (i.e. for contrib) just
because they base on ncurses which has become non-free?
Am I paranoid? In that case, I'd rather like to stick with the old
The MS-DOS filesystem is nice for removable media. -- H. Peter Anvin