RE: Bug#40937: omniorb: Freeness?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: J.H.M. Dassen (Ray) [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 1999 2:29 PM
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> Subject: Bug#40937: omniorb: Freeness?
> Package: omniorb
> Version: 2.7.1-7
> Severity: important
> The changelog for 2.7.1-6 says
> * Correct license foo and place packages in non-free.
> but I suspect there is still a FU somewhere.
> /usr/doc/omniorb/copyright says:
> omniORB2 is available for general use under the
> conditions of the
> GNU General Public Licence and GNU Library General
> Public Licence.
> The latest versions of these documents can be found at:
> respectively. They should also be available (in
> compressed formats)
> under the /usr/doc/copyright directory.
> so I fail to see why omniorb is in non-free.
> Either the copyright file is correct, and omniorb should be
> moved to main,
> or the copyright file is wrong and must be fixed.
> Also, it's /usr/share/common-licenses/ nowadays, and there
> should be no
> COPYING.LIB.gz and COPYING.LIB in /usr/doc/omniorb.
> -- System Information
> Debian Release: potato
> Kernel Version: Linux zensunni 2.2.10-ac8-int22.214.171.124 #1 Sun
> Jul 4 20:35:18 CEST 1999 i686 unknown
> Versions of the packages omniorb depends on:
> ii libc6 2.1.1-12 GNU C Library: Shared
> libraries and timezone
> ii libstdc++2.9-gl 2.91.66-2 The GNU stdc++ library
> (EGCS version)
> Ray Dassen <jdassen@wi.LeidenUniv.nl>
I would very much appreciate a definitive answer about this.
OmniORB and TAO both are licensed as Free -- GPL/LGPL combinations by
their respective creators. Consequently, omniorb and TAO have
historically been deemed "Free".
However, we recently realized that the following licensing terms
were present in the IDL compiler, which contains some SUN Microsystems
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The obvious problem with the above is that the redistribution terms are
I originally thought to put omniorb and omniorb-doc in "contrib"
and the devel part in "non-free". Unfortunately, our system does not
allow a "non-free" source package to create free and non-free parts. So
I ended up placing everything in "non-free".
What I would really like to do is place the omniorb and omniorb-doc files
in "main", since they can be used as-is with the various libraries in the
Berlin project as an entirely free product. The development portions of
these projects would have to go in contrib or non-free, with the omniorb-dev
package in non-free due to the IDL compiler licensing from above.
To do so, I will have to create two source packages -- a free and non-free
Happily, this is a temporary state of affairs, as ORL (creators of omniORB)
are rewriting the IDL compiler from scratch. The new version will not
include any SUN code, and will be entirely DFSG-free. However this will
take some time to accomplish.
I should also point out that the OmniORB folks are a bit put out that we
are calling their product non-free. I would like to be able to get at least
parts of it back into "main" in the very near future.
Comments would be appreciated.