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Re: A tool for checking licenses

On Wed, 15 Feb 2006 14:13:21 +0200 Ville Oksanen wrote:

> Hi,
> I hope that this might be something useful for the people here. We (as
> in HUT/SoberIT/COSS)are currently developing a tool for checking the 
> license information inside FOSS-packages. The idea is to make it
> simple  to get a quick understanding what kind licenses are used. In
> addition,  the tool will (hopefully) understand the relations between
> different  files and warn about possible license incompatibilies.

The goal seems an interesting one, even though it looks very hard to
achieve (I think that a tool actually able to effectively perform
such a task is an artificial intelligence program...).

> The
> tool is  currenlty available from:
> http://sourceforge.net/projects/oslc
> Any feedback would be warmly appreciated. It's GPL'ed so feel free to 
> hack away, too!

I see it's written in Java.
I hope you're taking the necessary steps to be sure it can be built and
run with DFSG-free Java implementations, so that the tool is not only
DFSG-free itself, but does not Depend or Build-Depend on non-free
I would love to see such a program in Debian main, rather than in

    :-(   This Universe is buggy! Where's the Creator's BTS?   ;-)
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