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Re: Mgetty should be in non-free?

Ysgrifennodd Jules Bean ar Tue, Jan 26, 1999 at 11:33:08PM +0000:
> On Tue, 26 Jan 1999, Edward John M. Brocklesby wrote:
> > goodies on a CD-ROM collection or whatever, but if you sell @code{mgetty}
> > bundled with a faxmodem as ``unix fax package'' or ``with unix software!'',
> > or if you start selling @code{mgetty} with only minor enhancements for lots
> > of money, I want a share. If in doubt, just ask me.
> There is no problem with the payment details.  Indeed the artistic and GPL
> make the same restriction.  However, this doesn't give permission to
> modify.  Does some other file give this permission?

As has been pointed out, this means that you cannot sell a computer that
included a fax modem, and have Debian (with mgetty) preinstalled on it (or
supply a Debian CD with it), because the author 'wants a share'. I think
that's pretty must required - it doesn't look very optional.

I'd say that's pretty non-free.

As the license says, perhaps someone should contact the author, and ask for
this to be changed to a request?

> Jules

Diolch, Edward

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