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Re: dpkg/license related proposal

On Mon, Nov 01, 1999 at 03:21:19PM -0500, Amy Fong wrote:
> 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.
> The motivation behind this is due to certain in-duh-viduals being
> completely clueless about the GPL and other licensing issues. IMHO, it
> indicates that there needs to be a method to inform users. It's designed
> to inform and to protect, not to irritate.

If one installs debian he will be forced to read at least a dozen of licences
This is very irritating.

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