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Re: [debian-devel] Doom of Debian Re: Debian Weekly News - February 18th, 2003

On Thu, Feb 20, 2003 at 03:28:30PM -0500, Brian T. Sniffen wrote:
> > On Wed, Feb 19, 2003 at 06:04:54PM +0100, R?diger Kuhlmann wrote:
> > > 2) The easter egg wasn't harmfull by any stretch. It printed a
> > > message where to get the upstream .deb and exited. It was also
> > > only compiled in by someone modifying the packaging agains my
> > > multiple times expressed will.
> Well, then it's not free software, and that also settles the issue,
> right?  mIRC's very nice software, but if it's the will of the author
> that people not modify it in certain ways, then it's not free.

There's a difference between what the author wants and what the author
expresses in his licence. The latter can make the software non-free, but
(in general) not the former.

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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