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Re: FWD from XFree86 forum: GPL-incompatible license

On Wed, Feb 11, 2004 at 01:43:42PM -0500, Branden Robinson wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 11, 2004 at 02:42:57PM +0100, Sven Luther wrote:
> > Branden,
> > 
> > Again, you do great job in following the licence stuff, and
> > felicitations to you and to the rest of the X strike force for the soon
> > to be upcoming 4.3.0-1 package.
> Just my luck that when I finish the TODO list, some security holes show
> up that have me embargoed.  Oh well.

Yeah, altough i would go ahead with the upload to unstable, and send the
4.2.1 security fixes trough the testing-proposed-updates queue. But you
know best how to handle this.

> > I have an interogation about the aim of this mail though. You are
> > clearly following up on a mail from forum@xfree86.org, but in this
> > response you don't CC them. Is this willed from your part, as a way to
> > discuss this issue without XFree86 and then inform them about this ? Or
> > maybe it was only a mistake from your part and you forgot them in your
> > CC list ? Or maybe some other reason ? Could you please clarify your
> > position on this point, and eventually forward this list to the
> > forum@xfree86.org mailing list too ? 
> The reason is simple; I'm not subsribed to the XFree86 forum list, and I
> generally try to avoid sending unsolicited mail to lists to which I
> don't subscribe.  Particularly in this case, as redistribution of my
> message is not restricted (it was sent to 3 public forums already).

Yes, altough notice that the original mails were forwarded from there.

> Moreover, given David Dawes's statement that GPL compatibility simply
> isn't on the XFree86 Project, Inc.'s radar screen as far as its

Well, this might be so, but David is not the only one concerned here,
and i think the discussion you quoted and where he responded to RMS has
been rather courteous (i am sure you don't say that in english) upto

> licensing policy is concerned, I'm not sure the forum list needs to be
> bothered with my analysis.  The XFree86 Project, Inc., might not regard
> any of the issues I raised as a problem, and if so, there's really no
> point wasting their time with them.

Still, it is a usefull entry point, and the forum@xfree86.org is the
natural discussion place for issues related to the XFree86 Project,
including licencing issues.

> You may feel differently, however, and there is nothing stopping you from
> redistributing my message to the forum list if you think that would be
> productive.

It was already done, altough with some kind of subpar email client which
fully butchered everything. I wanted to ask you before you did that


Sven Luther

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