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Re: Debian on the Desktop - plans for Lenny?

On Thu, Aug 09, 2007 at 08:17:13AM +0200, Mike Hommey wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 09, 2007 at 08:00:00AM +0200, Christian Perrier <bubulle@debian.org> wrote:
> > > No, we should use the liberation fonts, which are designed to replace
> > > the MS fonts.
> > 
> > Have their licensing issues been solved?
> Which ones ?

1. It claims to use GPLv2, yet it has an incompatible anti-Tivo clause; it's
debatable whether it's DFSG-free.  I would say it isn't, but it's not up to
me to decide.

The clause is clearly marked as an "exception", so, while obviously
non-GPL-compatible, it's a valid license, distributable and so on.

2. It has a separate rename clause, where making ANY modification, even as
small as adding a debian/ dir, requires you to drop the "Liberation" name. 
There's no exception to the GPL which would allow distribution while that
clause is there...

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		//	Never attribute to stupidity what can be
		//	adequately explained by malice.

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