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Re: Bug#290362: www.debian.org: Please add Root to list of programs that cannot be packaged

On Thu, 13 Jan 2005 14:09:41 -0500
Kevin McCarty <kmccarty@Princeton.EDU> wrote:

> There are two problems: first, the license [1] forbids redistribution
> of modified binaries without permission of the authors, which some
> have argued makes it unsuitable even for non-free [2]; second, and
> worse, the software contains what appears to be code derived from
> cernlib (GPL) [3] and Xclass(LGPL) [4] while having a license
> incompatible with either.
> [1] http://root.cern.ch/root/License.html
> [2] http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2003/01/msg00297.html
>     http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2003/01/msg00281.html
> [3] http://cernlib.web.cern.ch/cernlib/conditions.html
> [4] http://xclass.sourceforge.net/
> This is most unfortunate, since Root is a very useful tool and a
> number of interesting projects are based on it, but I don't see how
> Debian can legally package it, even in non-free, until upstream
> changes their license.

I read the threads you linked to above, but I couldn't find a reference
to anybody explaining the ROOT guys what the problem is. Did anybody
try, what was their response?

grts Tim

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