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Re: kaid license non-free?

Yes, I agree that it is still non-free, but it only causes practical
problems if used in that way. But it is still non free by the FSF Free
Software Definition Freedom 0 and by the DFSG. If there is an
alternative server, then it is still non-free but does not cause the
same practical problems.


On 12/23/05, Glenn Maynard <glenn@zewt.org> wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 23, 2005 at 06:19:00PM +1100, Andrew Donnellan wrote:
> > > > *   Any form of redistribution which connects to the published Team XLink
> > > > Orbital Server list resource, for Orbital Server aquisition, or otherwise,
> > > > or which interoperates with any existing software used by other member(s)
> > > > of the XLink Kai: Evolution VII service, must be provided to end users at
> > > > no cost, and may not contain advertising information of any sort, aside
> > > > from one permitted link in an "About" dialog window which is not displayed
> > > > unless the user explicitly directs the software to display it.
> > >
> > > This is a non-free condition. It must be possible to sell copies of
> > > Debian packages.
> >
> > It only causes problems when you are connecting to the XLink Kai:
> > Evolution VII service, but I assume that the main point of the
> > software is to connect to that service, so unless someone else starts
> > up an alternative server, for pratical reasons, it's non-free.
> The purpose of software very rarely (if ever) has any relevance to the
> freeness of its license.  The clause is no less non-free if someone
> starts up an alternative server, and it would be just as non-free if
> applied to dpkg or ls.
> --
> Glenn Maynard
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