Re: Migration of non-free packages to testing
On 6 Nov 2002, James Troup wrote:
> Err, no, that's a reason for them to not be distributed at all. If
> you have a real example of such a package please file a serious bug on
Perhaps I was a little bit short: I had treetool in mind, which we have
explicite permission to distribute, but ...
No licence yet (still discussing) but I have an authorization:
Date: Sun, 21 Feb 1999 14:50:05 -0500 (20:50 CET)
To: Stephane Bortzmeyer <email@example.com>
From: mrmike <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Intent to make a Debian Linux package of treetool
>I write to you as the author of the TreeTool package. I plan to make
>a Linux Debian package of TreeTool and I would like your authorization
>and some information about the TreeTool licence.
Thanks for your interest in treetool. While treetool is "free"; some
portions are copyright the University of Illlinois. I am currently working
on getting permission from them to obtain clear rights to the package; in
the meantime, I cannot place the program under the GNU license (which is my
desire). I do have permission to distribute the program, so you are
welcome to include it under the "non-free" area of Debian Linux.
When these issues are cleared up, I will place the package under the GNU
license and let you know.
I tried several times to contact the author again but failed. The
program is definitely used by several users and would need a general
overwork - but noone can do this because there is no statement about