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Re: Intent to package xmemos

"Darren O. Benham" wrote:

> On Sun, Mar 28, 1999 at 10:42:18AM +0300, KELEMEN Peter wrote:
> > XWatch is a similar program.  In Debian version 2.10-3 (potato),
> > /usr/doc/xwatch/xwatch.README says:
> XWatch should not be in there.  It is possible for things to slip by...

I maintain XWatch.  `XWatch should not be in there' is your
opinion only. XWatch is using the GPL just as Lyx is. XWatch was
written from the beginning to run on libforms.  Since this thread
has resulted in an _important_ bug against xwatch and none
against Lyx, I don't see why what's okay for Lyx isn't okay for
other smaller and less important packages.

See the current Lyx license:

 LyX is free software, so you can freely copy and use it. But to protect
 the authors, who have put a substantial amount of free time in developing
 this product, you must follow some guidelines, in this case it's the
 "GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE" version 2 or any later version.
 On Debian Linux systems, the complete text of the GNU General
 Public License (Version 2.0) can be found in /usr/doc/copyright/GPL'.
 Additionally LyX carries the following remarks:
 While LyX has been released nominally under the GPL in the past, it
 has in fact never been truly GPL.  Particularly, it has always been
 linked to a closed source library.  While some have taken a view that
 such actions violate the GPL, this is a legal impossibility.  The law
 is quite clear that the release of the software by the original authors
 and copyright holders changed the licenses.
 Rather than leaving the issue to be debated, the following
 clarifications are given.  This is *not* a change of license, but a
 clarification of the license that LyX has always used.  All patches
 submitted to LyX fall under this same license.
 [more stuff deleted]

Peter Galbraith <psg@debian.org>

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