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Re: wanting to package wpoison

On Tue, 10 Sep 2002, [iso-8859-15] Rémi Letot wrote:

> >>> I will however allow Wpoison to be distributed with Debian, but only
> >>> on the condition that a copy of the Wpoison logo is incorporated into
> >>> the home page at www.debian.org, and that this is made into a
> >>> clickable link that, when clicked, will take people to the Wpoison
> >>> home page, URL given above.
> >
> > I've said what I want.  If it can't be done then it can't be done.
> > In that case, please don't distribute Wpoison with Debian.
> Sorry, you have said what you want in the license for wpoison. Which
> does not require a logo on the debian web page. Nice try :-)

On the other hand, we should try and accomodate the wishes of upstream
authors where possible.  In this case, I think it's easier and simpler just
to do a cleanroom rewrite of the functionality of the software and leave
this program alone.  The wishes of the author are clearly that he wishes to
receive adulation beyond his station, and makes unreasonable demands of
others.  His comments in this thread make me want to avoid his software
religiously (which is worthy of congratulations - he and djb can enjoy each
other in that category).

I've already seen one person who is planning on rewriting this program from
scratch; if those don't get done, I'm willing to sit down and write
something which will do an equivalent task, licenced under the GPL.

Matthew Palmer, Debian Developer
mpalmer@debian.org     http://www.debian.org

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