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Re: Free Download End User License Agreement

On Dec 02, Tomasz Wegrzanowski wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 02, 1999 at 03:13:14AM -0600, Chris Lawrence wrote:
> > On Dec 02, Anthony Towns wrote:
> > > > They seem to be put off by liability issues, etc.
> > > 
> > > And no doubt the risk of having their idle comments paraded about on
> > > slashdot isn't exactly an incentive.
> > 
> > It seems to me, then, that we need a debian-legal-private list.  I
> > dunno how we'd handle subscription, etc., since obviously not all
> > developers are interested in -legal issues.
> > 
> > Then we can invite selected people from VA (if you want to call their
> > disc with O'Reilly a separate distro), Corel, Stormix, whoever in to
> > discuss these things, without creating slashdot headlines.
> You are closing development. I understand the need of a few
> registered-maintainers-only lists, but such
> Council-Of-Big-And-Important-Persons is completely against the
> spirit of free software.
> The next step will be making a corporation and monopolize GNU/Linux.

1: This list has nothing to do with development; it deals with
licensing issues of third-party software that we wish to incorporate
into Debian.  As such, it's not closing development.

2: The "Council of Big and Important Persons" would actually be more
inclusive than a registered maintainers only list, because people
proposing licenses, who are not Debian developers, would be allowed to
participate as well as existing developers.

It seems to me that such a list is a way to have a more inclusive
review of licenses than simply having people email (say) Bruce or ESR
privately, which is what happens now.  Not that Bruce doesn't do a
good job, but I think we (the free software community) need more pairs
of eyes so he doesn't get fed up with doing the job.  And it lets
people like Corel or the KDE group float trial balloons that won't get
posted to Slashdot.

As for your "next step", there's no way to monopolize GNU/Linux,
because there are virtually zero barriers to entry in the Linux

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