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Re: Bug#286027: ITP: ms-sys -- tool for writing Microsoft compatible boot records

On Thu, Dec 16, 2004 at 09:21:03PM -0600, Graham Wilson wrote:
> > This is a Linux program for writing Microsoft compatible boot records. The
> > program does the same as Microsoft "fdisk /mbr" to a hard disk or "sys d:"
> > to a floppy or FAT partition except that it does not copy any system files,
> > only the boot record is written.
> Where is the included boot block code from?

According to the author's page it's taken from:

> I'd also like to point out that the boot block source code is not
> included, certainly making this package non-DFSG-free, and probably
> making it undistributable by us under the GPL.

Boot blocks are included as a series of properly ordered bytes, so yes... 
seems that it's not DFSG free. Don't know however if it makes it totally 
undistributable. Author chose GPL and it's his decision. You can always 
change those boot blocks by changing bytes listings.

Anyway... if it's impossible to put it in non-free then I'm going to close
that bugreport.

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