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Re: why dig ? I wanna use nslookup !

On Wed, May 02, 2001 at 04:02:33PM -0400, Jacob Kuntz wrote:
> Closed-source software is even more of a pity. DJB's license (or lack there
> of) makes it impossible to distribute binaries that aren't compiled by DJB
> himself.

i certainly hope you speak out of ignorance, i would hate to think that
you are deliberately trying to mislead us


	May we distribute binaries?

	You may distribute a precompiled package if 

	 o installing your package produces exactly the same files, in
	   exactly the same locations, that a user would obtain by
	   installing one of my packages listed above; 

	 o your package behaves correctly, i.e., the same way as normal
	   installations of my package on all other systems; and 

	 o your package's creator warrants that he has made a good-faith
	   attempt to ensure that your package behaves correctly. 

	All installations must work the same way; any variation is a
	bug. If there's something about a system (compiler, libraries,
	kernel, hardware, whatever) that changes the behavior of my
	package, then that platform is not supported, and you are not
	permitted to distribute binaries for it. 

yes, this is most certainly non-free. this is a shame, i agree. this is
not closed-source in the terms of netscape where you cannot even take a
peek at the source. you are free to peek, audit, and muck with[1], to your
hearts content. but to say that you cannot distribute binaries at all is
a simple untruth.


note: debian systems can produce ``working'' djb tools, so we can
      produce binary versions, if we were so inclined.

[1] http://cr.yp.to/softwarelaw.html
    this applies to the end user, not the packager, or so i read it.

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