Postilion Copyright Troubles
A problem exists with me making a debian package for postilion. The new
copyright for the graphics files is not compatible with the Debian Free
Software Guidelines. This means that the postilion package will need to be
taken out of the Main Debian Distribution and placed in a non-free
distribution that is not shipped on the CDROM's. The only way I will be able
to fix this is if the copyright for the graphics files is changed to be less
I want to also let you know that at least one debian developer who is using
postilion intends to stop doing so until the program once again becomes
completely free. I am also upset because I have been happily using postilion
for more than a year now and consider it the only truly good free mail reader.
But now the program is not free.
I also want to let you know that there is some doubt as to if the new graphics
copyright and the GPL are compatible. It may not be possible to include the
graphics files in a GPL'd package such as postilion. Much the same as the
KDE/QT troubles until the QT copyright was changed.
We (debian) would ask that you consider changing the new copyright for the
I would offer my assistance in whatever way I can. May I help you with a new
set of graphics files that are free? May I ask the graphics author to change
his copyright to something less restrictive.
I would also ask if you cc: firstname.lastname@example.org on any reply to this
Dale James Thompson <email@example.com>
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