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[joe@laffeycomputer.com: Re: Debian Linux] - re: rpl

Hello all,

I'd like to package this utility which I've found quite useful,
anyway, there were some questions that I raised regarding the license,
which states:
"not modified in any way, and it is not sold for profit."

The author has clarified somewhat below, but I don't know if this is
enough to get into main...

Could anyone offer some advice to a relatively new maintainer?


----- Forwarded message from Joe Laffey <joe@laffeycomputer.com> -----

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Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 12:51:36 -0600 (CST)
From: Joe Laffey <joe@laffeycomputer.com>
To: Aubin Paul <aubin@debian.org>
Subject: Re: Debian Linux
In-Reply-To: <20010320134339.A31360@baltimore.outlyer.org>

On Tue, 20 Mar 2001, Aubin Paul wrote:

> Hello,
> I am a maintainer for Debian GNU/Linux, and I'm intending to make a
> binary package of rpl for the distribution as I find it an invaluable
> utility. In any case, as you may or may not know, Debian is split up
> into groups based on licensing. rpl seems to fall into non-free,
> because of this part of the license:
> "modified in any way, and it is not sold for profit."
> I need to get an idea of what you mean by this. Generally, it is
> completely legal to distribute and resell Debian GNU/Linux's official
> release, but not the non-free section.
> I just need to get a quick word from you that specifies whether rpl is
> allowed to be sold as 'part' of a distribution, or whether it cannot
> be sold in any form.

I see what you mean. I will revise that with the next release. Selling a
CD-ROM or a distribution with rpl on it is fine. I just don't want someone
coming along and saying "Buy rpl for $19.95" or anything like that. If
your legal folks need that revised I can do so sooner rather than later.

Ideally you would make a package with the 1.3.0b1 version. However, I am
hoping to get some beta feedback on that. I have tested it internally, but
it could stand a little more testing. I would appreciate any feedback from
you or anyone you know about the functionality of the latest version.

> Also, slight modifications to Makefile may need to be made to build
> the package? Do you object to this? If you could clarify, that would
> help a lot.

That is not a problem at all. The Build script is really basic. It just
compiles with cc -O2 I believe. If changes are needed no problem. I would
rather more people use rpl!

Copy it, make a package of it, sell it with a distro (just not by itself).
It's yours...

Please send me any feedback or bug reports, though!! Also, when you have
made a package may I distribute that package from the offical website? If
so, please send me a copy of the package (tar.gz or RPM or whatever).


Joe Laffey
LAFFEY Computer Imaging
St. Louis, MO

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