Re: portaudio in Debian, license updates?
Junichi Uekawa wrote:
Hence my suggestion of the use of the word 'encouraged' instead. It is
Debian Policy to encourage Maintainers to cycle changes back upstream
anyway. It does not say 'Must' or even 'Should' here. I agree that it
would be good if it were worded less ambiguously. I don't see how this
phrase would prevent any particular usage of PortAudio, either in Debian
or derived distribution, surely that is the critical issue? The
direction we give to the PortAudio devs needs to be clear and
unambiguous too, so I won't go on about this, to save driving round the
block again. ;)
However, portaudio looks non-free to me.
* Any person wishing to distribute modifications to the Software is
requested to send the modifications to the original developer so that
they can be incorporated into the canonical version.
Sounds quite clearly like a request to me, not a requirement.
The difference between a non-binding request and a requirement is a
fine line especially considering why it's in the main license text not
some accompanying documentation.
Clarifying this is what is really required; moving the problematic
clause out of the way would help.