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Re: dpkg/license related proposal

In article <19991101210959.A6607@friko3.onet.pl>,
Tomasz Wegrzanowski  <maniek@beer.com> wrote:
>On Mon, Nov 01, 1999 at 02:48:46PM -0500, Amy Fong wrote:
>> A short while ago, I was pondering on all the things that happen
>> consequences of people being "whatever (fill in the blanks)" of licensing
>> situations and I have a bit of a proposition to make.
>> Perhaps there chould be a field within Debian packages which specifies what
>> license a package is under. Before unpacking a package, dpkg checks to
>> see if the relevant license has been read, if not, it presents it to the
>> user and the user reads it and either acknowledges/accepts or rejects
>> it. This could be done by keeping state info on which license/version
>> has been read or (I think this one's better) by having each license as a
>> package. Obviously, if the user rejects the license, measures could be
>> taken.
>This would be VERY irritating.
>Such FEATURE is already part of M$Win98.
>If someone want to read a licence he knows where to find it.

Another point. If someone finds it VERY irritating to be presented with
the license, then that's what we can use debconf for. By default,
someone can just blindly agree to the license.


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