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Re: more tolerant licensing for Debian infrastructure

Jaldhar H. Vyas wrote:
> [was Re: Debian based GNU/Solaris: pilot program]
> On Thu, 3 Nov 2005, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> >Remember that dpkg is GPLed, so there's a slightly awkward bootstrapping
> >issue.
> >
> This reminds me of an issue which I feel needs change but I've never felt 
> worked up enough to do anything about.
> Why do programs written specifically for Debian such as dpkg or apt, 
> have a license which is not compatible with some other DFSG-compliant 
> licenses?

Because the authors chose so.

> I understand we like the GPL but the DFSG is laxer in some 
> respects.  And the spirit of Debian is the DFSG not the GPL.
> I submit anything written specifically for the Debian Project should 
> either have some more permissive yet DFSG-compliant license or at 
> the most GPL + an exemption for linking to other DFSG compliant software.

Is there any source with a copyright assignment for The Debian Project?


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