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Re: Bug#158529: vcg does not have a usable license

On Tue, Aug 27, 2002 at 06:19:19PM -0700, Walter Landry wrote:

> > Should this be done in the debian diff, or a new orig.tar.gz?
> You would have to make a new orig.tar.gz.  Debian is not allowed to
> distribute the "original" sources at all, since they aren't in the
> preferred form for modification.

While there is no other form available to us, the uglified sources
*are* the preferred form for modification.

You could argue the toss about whether de-uglification results in
a new preferred form, or whether it just creates a new version.

But that would be pointless. Providing either the deuglified sources
or a script to deuglify them is a Good Thing to do. Providing the
original ugly sources is also desirable (to enable comparisons between
consecutive upstream releases, unless the uglification makes such
comparisons impossible).

The intention of the GPL is to require people like us to do what is
'Right', and I think we all know and agree what that is in this case.



Nick Phillips -- nwp@lemon-computing.com
Don't go surfing in South Dakota for a while.

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