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Re: openmotif is now LGPL, retirement of lesstif in jessie?


I for one would be glad to see openmotif in jessie, as I have a package
planned, MetView, which has recently been relicensed as open source,
but uses OpenMotif. In particular it uses a layout widget which doesn't
work in lesstif.
(MetView is in active development and increasingly uses Qt4, but still needs

So I strongly favour getting OpenMotif in Jessie, whether or not Lesstif is

best regards

On 2012-12-23 18:56, Paul Gevers wrote:
> Hi all,
> I don't know how many of you still care for the motif widgetset, but due
> to the way I got involved in Debian, I have kept a small eye on it.
> Recently ICS [1] release a new version of openmotif, and this time they
> stuck a LGPL license on it. I think this is good news, as it means that
> we can get rid of a less optimal situation where we were using a less
> than complete open source replacement, lesstif, to build programs
> needing the motif widgetset. The last couple of years lesstif has
> annoyed users quite a lot because the elementary copy/paste
> functionality was not properly implemented [2].
> Of course, we still have to release wheezy, but may I (also with my
> lesstif co-maintainer hat on) already suggest to get rid of lesstif for
> jessie.
> What do you think?
> Paul
> PS: how nice that the latest update to the policy already removed the
> lesstif/openmotif text.
> [1] http://motif.ics.com/motif
> [2] http://lesstif.sourceforge.net/#help

Alastair McKinstry  , <alastair@sceal.ie> , <mckinstry@debian.org>    http://blog.sceal.ie

Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world
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