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Re: Bug#327081: ITP: rpmstrap -- bootstrap a basic RPM-based system

On Wed, Sep 07, 2005 at 02:08:04PM +0200, Piotr Roszatycki wrote:
> * Package name    : rpmstrap
>   Version         : 0.5
> * URL             : http://hackers.progeny.com/~sam/rpmstrap/
> * License         : GPL
>   Description     : bootstrap a basic RPM-based system
>  rpmstrap is a tool for bootstrapping a basic RPM-based system. It is inspired
>  by debootstrap, and allows you to build chroots and basic systems from RPM
>  sources.

Looking at the source it seems more "based on" than "inspired by",
particular to "rpmstrap" itself, though the "functions" and "scripts/*"
files sure seem more derivative than just coincidently similar. If
so, it's in violation of debootstrap's license (by not including
debootstrap's copyright text), and it seems fairly rude to relicense it
from debootstrap's BSD-ish license to GPLv2+, not to mention expunging
my name and copyright notice from the source, and for that matter all
references to debootstrap.

Removing the copyright's a license violation, and presumably renders the
program undistributable and unpackagable, afaics.

At least Bastian Blank's cdebootstrap was written from scratch to justify
its different license and lack of recognition. Colour me unimpressed.


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