Re: why is 'dbf' in non-free?
On Mon, Jan 07, 2002 at 02:46:47PM -0600, DvB wrote:
> I ran a search for dbf (xbase) packages in debian and came up with the
> 'dbf' package which is in non-free.
> If it's in non-free because of licensing issues with the Xbase format,
> I'd like to know since I'm currently finishing up a dbf library of my
> own that I had planned to release under a free license (either GPL or
> BSD. Haven't decided yet) and don't want to run into legal problems
> because of it.
The best place to look for this information is in the copyright file
contained in the package. In this case, the problem is with the copyright
DBF - xbase manipulation package
Copyright (c) Brad Eacker, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
Permission is granted to distribute and use the source,
documentation files and/or compiled binaries associated with dbf
for non-commercial use. No charges may be made for such
This is non-free because it restricts commercial use of the software, and
charging for copies. The laterr makes it impossible to sell a Debian CD
containing this software.