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Re: Buggy/Stable java program (craftbukkit), possible ITP?

On Tue, 2011-07-12 at 13:41 +0000, The Fungi wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 12:43:03AM -0700, Luke Cycon wrote:
> [...]
> > It is effectively an LGPL rewrite of the closed source Minecraft
> > server.
> [...]
> I gather that it's a partial reverse-engineer-and-patch layer for
> Minecraft (so arguably a derivative work), and its legality is
> currently under dispute according to the FAQ. All this would have to
> be figured out before Debian could distribute it:
>    "The Bukkit Team is currently in talks with the Minecraft
>    developers to sort out any licensing issues before we decide to
>    have an official release."
>    http://wiki.bukkit.org/FAQ#When_will_Bukkit_be_released.3F
> Even once licensing is worked through, unless it becomes useful for
> anything besides Minecraft or unless Mojang decides to release a
> DFSG compatible version of Minecraft so that it too can be in
> Debian, I suspect CraftBukkit would be relegated to the contrib
> archive area (and thus not officially part of the Debian
> distribution).

Mhm.  Mojang seems to be building a modding API which they say is going
to simply be a full release of the source code of the server.  There is
a condition of use that whatever is made using the modding API must be
provided free of charge. (At least this is what I gather from crawling
over their site)  Link is [1], a blog post from Markus "Notch" Persson,
owner of Mojang Spec, explaining this (Look near the end).

I will try get into contact with someone at both Mojang and Bukkit and
see what could be arranged.

To the contrib point:  I still think that inclusion in contrib would be
very useful.  I am open to counter arguments though.

[1] http://notch.tumblr.com/post/6385865216/post-e3-information-dump
Luke Cycon <lcycon@gmail.com>

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