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Re: POSIX manpages

Martin Schulze wrote:
> As of version 1.65 manpages from the POSIX standard are included with
> the following copyright note:
>     The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and The Open Group,
>     have given us permission to reprint portions of their documentation.
>     In the following statement, the phrase ``this text'' refers to portions
>     of the system documentation.
>     Portions of this text are reprinted and reproduced in electronic form in
>     the {Product Name}, from IEEE Std 1003.1, 2003 Edition, Standard for
>     Information Technology -- Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX),
>     The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 6, Copyright (C) 2001-2003 by the
>     Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc and The Open Group.
>     In the event of any discrepancy between these versions and the original
>     IEEE and The Open Group Standard, the original IEEE and The Open Group
>     Standard is the referee document.
>     The original Standard can be obtained online at
>     http://www.opengroup.org/unix/online.html .
>     This notice shall appear on any product containing this material.
> Please see <http://linuxpr.com/releases/6599.html> for an official
> announcement.
> I am worried about this situation since the file POSIX-COPYRIGHT
> doesn't lose a word about re-distribution, modifications and
> permission to distribute changes, neither does the press release
> I'm worried in particular since if the license does not conform with
> the Open Source Definition aka Debian Free Software Guidelines, which
> I fear, it would render the entire manpages package non-free.  What a
> wonderful contribution to the Free Software community...

Newsflash: I've just uploaded version 1.66-1 which has all POSIX
manpages and their copyright files stripped (from the orig.tar.gz) and
a note added.  Hence, technically, the orig.tar.gz is no pristine
source archive anymore.

I hope, that this way, the Debian packages can be kept in the main
distribution and don't have to be moved to non-free.

I've also sent a mail to xvendor@lists.openwall.com, so that other
vendors know about the problem as well and get a chance to react



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