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

On Fri, Dec 17, 2004 at 11:06:15AM +0100, Bartosz Fenski aka fEnIo wrote:
> According to the author's page it's taken from:
> http://www.geocities.com/thestarman3/asm/mbr/MBR_in_detail.htm 

Looking at that page, it seems the code comes from Microsoft's actual
boot blocks. I don't know if we have explicit permission from them to
distribute that code.

> 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.

Well, the header files are essentially compiled files (not directy
executable in their current form, though), and it would seem to me that
the GPL required that their source be available. If we can't provide
that source, I don't see how we can distribute the software under the


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