Re: [Pkg-octave-devel] BSD-licensed upstream tarball but needs form filled
The webforms are compulsory *for downloading the software from their
site*. Doesn't affect the package in any way at all though.
On 11/30/05, Andrey Romanenko <email@example.com> wrote:
> On Tuesday 29 November 2005 16:52, Rafael Laboissiere wrote:
> > We are seeking advice on how to proceed about an upstream tarball
> > distribution issue. The Debian Octave Group is planning to package the
> > SUNDIALS library (http://www.llnl.gov/CASC/sundials/main.html) for
> > integration into Octave. This package is released under a BSD License
> > (http://www.llnl.gov/CASC/sundials/download/license.html). I think it is
> > DFSG-compliant.
> > The problem is that prior to downloading the tarball (at
> > http://www.llnl.gov/CASC/sundials/download/download.html), the user is
> > asked to fill a form in a web page. Our question is: does this
> > restriction decrease somehow the freeness of the package? If yes, how
> > should we proceed in approaching the upstream authors about this problem?
> I have contacted Radu Serban, one of the co-authors of SUNDIALS and he
> was clear to state that this web form is just for the authors to have an idea
> on SUNDIALS popularity, and that the BSD license obviously allows
> redistribution/repackaging. So, I believe that there is no legal problem that
> would preclude a SUNDIALS Debian package.
> Andrey Romanenko
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