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Re: Clarifying METIS copyright

On Tue, Oct 30, 2001 at 10:15:54AM +0200, Eray Ozkural (exa) wrote:
> I am a contributor to Debian GNU/Linux (www.debian.org) and I would like to
> make packages for METIS, hMETIS and ParMETIS. It seems clear that a non-free
> license (by our definition of what is free software, GPL, BSD-like
> licenses and Artistic are examples of the kinds of software that we
> consider free) is implied. However, for metis it would be perfectly
> satisfactory for the package to be just distributable along with Debian. Since
> Debian reaches a lot of developers worldwide, it would be promoting use of
> METIS and at the same time a most significant addition to Debian.

Eray, please be careful when representing Debian. A non-free program
cannot be part of the Debian distribution, which is by definition
only main and non-US/main. It can only be part of non-free,
which is an addon we provide for convenience only.

Hamish Moffatt VK3SB <hamish@debian.org> <hamish@cloud.net.au>

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