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Re: Bug#147303: ITP: winex -- A DESCRIPTION

On Thu, May 23, 2002 at 07:48:08AM -0400, christophe barbé wrote:
> On Wed, May 22, 2002 at 10:45:41PM -0400, Joe Drew wrote:
> > > The ITP says that the source is in sourceforge.  Isn't sourceforge
> > > restricted to free software projects?

> > Apparently not. (I wondered this, too.)

> SF.net accpets free software and SF-approved non-free software.

> NOTE : I don't care about games, but it's scary to read from someone with a
> d.o address : 'don't package it, respect their proprietary work based on a
> free product developed by another company'.

Yet the conclusion is the same as when people say "don't package it, we
don't want more non-free software bloating our archive"...  Although I'm
not 100% comfortable with the stance Transgaming has taken, they haven't
done anything that they weren't allowed to do by law and that the
copyright holders on Wine explicitly agreed to in their license.

BTW, I believe the current maintainer of the Debian Wine package is a
Transgaming employee.  You might consider this another reason not to
package WineX, if doing so would engender ill will with the author: does
having WineX available to us in the archive for a little while really
justify creating a conflict of interest for the maintainer that (one 
presumes) would be maintaining the mainline packages in the long term?

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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