Re: Bug#262951: ITP: winex-installer -- This package will download and build TransGaming winex.
Andrew Saunders wrote:
> Yes. TransGaming asked us not to
> (http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2002/05/msg02463.html). In
> accordance with their wishes, the developer in question decided to
> retract his ITP.
> Andreas, please reconsider this ITP.
Where will free software end up if people create derived works and then
threaten (more or less) to stop development or invent new measures
against free distribution if someone redistributes it or otherwise
makes use of the rights granted to them?
Why shouldn't Debian users have convenient access to winex? Some Debian
users probably contributed to the software that winex was originally
based on, so it's only their right, as part of the whole free software
deal, that they can access derived works as they see fit.
If people cannot maintain a business except by trying to bend these
rules, they should reevaluate their involvement in free software.
Other people are perhaps trying to maintain a business that relies on
the rules being followed by everyone.