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Re: Bug#262951: ITP: winex-installer -- This package will download and build TransGaming winex.

On Mon, 2004-08-02 at 18:08 +0100, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> Peter Eisentraut <peter_e@gmx.net> wrote:
> > 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.
> Currently the source is available in a way that is useful to some
> people. If Debian attempts to distribute it, any future Transgaming
> source will not be available to anyone. I'm not sure why the second of
> these situations is obviously better than the first.

IMHO that's not a true free software project so don't expend time on it.

"We are free software but please, don't redistribute our product or we
will close them", that's not what I understand as free software. It's
close to licenses like PGP or SSH that lets you see the code but nothing
more but instead of that, they try to get free publicity from the "Free
Software" label. It's legal, but is not a good citizen way of contribute
to the free software community, in fact If I understood it correctly
Wine changed their license from a BSD like one to the LGPL because some
problems with Winex, that's why IMHO people should not expend their time
there, work with Wine is a better idea, but this is out of this topic.

> -- 
> Matthew Garrett | mjg59-chiark.mail.debian.devel@srcf.ucam.org
Carlos Perelló Marín
Debian GNU/Linux Sid (PowerPC)
Linux Registered User #121232
mailto:carlos@pemas.net || mailto:carlos@gnome.org
Valencia - Spain

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