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Re: Non-free package licenses and replacements

Niklas Vainio <niklas.vainio@iki.fi> said:

> I've put up a web page listing possible replacements for packages currently in
> non-free. There are still lot of blanks - please give suggestions. Perhaps this
> page can help in the discussion about removing non-free.
> Also included is explanation why the package is in non-free. This is based
> on the summary Craig Sanders posted in debian-vote some time ago. I have
> added comments from mailing lists and some of my own. In the discussion it
> was noted that status of some packages is unclear and we might not have
> permission to distribute them at all.
> Now I'm asking for suggestions for replacements and comments on whether some
> packages should be either moved to main or removed completely because of the
> license or what kind of changes to the license we could suggest to upstream.
> The page is at http://www.iki.fi/nvainio/debian/non-free.html

This package purpose was to provide in debian support for soundcards
shipped by IBM in some thinkpad (like 600E). IBM freed the code some
years ago and it is included in linux kernel since the late versions
of the 2.4. 
I'm not sure there is still a point in distributing this package.

But in any case, it is GPLed, so...

Mathieu Roy

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