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Re: vis5d license

On Tue, Jan 04, 2000 at 12:03:20PM -0600, Bill Hibbard wrote:

> I am CC'ing this to Steve Johnson, who is working on an autoconf
> for Vis5D.  You may want to wait and see what he comes up with.

Way cool :) I am lucky that I am not yet done with the work. It would have
been wasted...

> > 2. While working on 1 I found the following, which stopped my work as I
> >    am not sure anymore if vis5d is really free:
> > 
> >      From lui5/Makefile:
> > 
> > #       This software comprises unpublished confidential information of
> > #       Stellar Computer Inc. and may not be used, copied or made
> > #       available to anyone, except in accordance with the license
> > #       under which it is furnished.
> > 
> >    Does this mean that the GPL does not apply to that part of the work?
> >    Is it legal to distribute it at all?
> I have an old letter from Stellar giving permission to use their
> LUI widgets as part of Vis5D.  No worries.

I am still worried :( Problem is that lui is still not GPL that way. Not even
DFSG free. This means that we can not distribute it as part of the main 
distribution :((

Also it breaks the GPL to link with non-free code. Not that you have to care 
since it is your code. But Debian has to obey copyright rules. We can't 
afford spending money on court procedures if at all avoidable.

If nobody find's an easy way out we will have to remove vis5d from Debian.
Do you have a solution?

I am Cc'ing debian-legal to get some more opinions on this. I am not a lawyer
and not even a native speaker so there is hope I misunderstood something...

> On most platforms there are make options for both Mesa
> (e.g. 'make irix6-x') and OpenGL (e.g., 'make irix6').

With Linux there is linux-mesa and something else. But I only got the
linux-mesa target to work which uses the included Mesa distribution.

> > Thanks for your work on that great software!
> Thank you.  Cheers, Bill


Torsten Landschoff           Bluehorn@IRC               <torsten@debian.org>
           Debian Developer and Quality Assurance Commitee Member

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