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

On Mon, 3 Jun 2002, Dmitry Borodaenko wrote:

> On Tue, May 28, 2002 at 03:09:33AM -0700, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
> > Since Transgaming is essentially lying about the license, would it not
> > be at least valuable to expose them more publicly by starting such a
> > distribution to force their hand?
> Agreed.
> I would volunteer to take that action and package winex-light for
> Debian, if no one else (knghtbrd?) is willing to do it [1], and if no
> one presents here on debian-devel good [2] reasons not to do it. I would
> also very much like to see opinion of Ove Kaaven, current Debian wine
> maintainer: I am very satisfied with his packaging of wine, and I'd like
> to be sure that my actions won't cause conflict with Debian wine
> maintainer.

Hmm. In the role of the Debian wine maintainer I don't have a problem with
that (though if you want to use my packaging, you can't use the packaging
from the most recent Wine releases since the Wine build system have
changed significantly recently and recent packaging reflects that, those
changes are not in WineX). You'd probably just rename things and put stuff
in /usr/lib/winex instead of /usr/lib/wine, so that the two versions can
be installed simultaneously, right?

But in the role of a transgaming affiliate, I'd prefer that you don't if
you want them to have an income; they're not "lying", the license do allow
you to make packages, but that permission is meant to allow "fair use"
(you can make packages for yourself, or give packages to your friends to
show them what they can do), it's not intended for mass distribution of
unsupported binaries. If mass distribution happens anyway, then the
license would be changed to stop it, and then that fair use would no
longer be legal either, is that what you want?

But if you really want to commit such controversy, please also consider
packaging CodeWeavers Crossover Office. They sell it for money even though
it's technically LGPL, so someone could buy it, and then you could package
the source you find on the CDs you get. I think that'd be even more useful
for many Debian users than a gaming-related package.

> [1] I use wine occasionaly, and not heavily, some time ago I
>     successfully built winex with Debian patches from Ove.
> [2] I.e. good enough for me.

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