Re: Bug#158320: ITP: cl-defsystem3 -- A system definition and building package for Common Lisp programs
Kevin Rosenberg <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Branden Robinson wrote:
> > > ;;; following conditions are met:
> > > ;;; o distribution of a modification to the Software have been
> > > ;;; previously submitted to the maintainers; if the maintainers
> > > ;;; decide not to include the submitted changes, the "full
> > > ;;; name" of the re-distributed Software ("MK:DEFSYSTEM", or
> > > ;;; "MAKE:DEFSYSTEM", or "MK-DEFSYSTEM") must be changed.
> > The above clause is not DFSG-free. Prior notice of modifications is not
> > compatible with DFSG 3. Also, in case it matters, this restriction
> > renders the software GPL-incompatible.
> > Followups redirected to the ITP bug number and debian-legal.
> Thanks for forwarding to debian-legal. Is the violation #1 "free
> distribution"? That the requirement to submit changes to the
> maintainers constitutes a restriction?
This is the problem. What if the people making a change can not
contact the original author, because they live somewhere without
internet access? If I make a modification, before I can give it to my
friend across the street, I have to contact the original authors. And
wait for them to make a decision, no matter how long it takes.
> Also, is the requirement to change the name also non-DFSG
Requiring a name change is fine with the DFSG, although it would cause
GPL-compatibility problems. I don't know if that matters.