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Re: Fw: gnuplot, is it free?



On Thu, 21 Dec 2006 19:57:56 +0200 Carles Pina i Estany wrote:

[...]
> and for example, number 3 is:
> ---------------
>  *   3. provide your name and address as the primary contact for the
>  *    support of your modified version, and
> ---------------
> 
> If I execute gnuplot --help I would expect "gnuplot 4.0 with Debian
> patches, contact to Debian for support with this gnuplot bla bla bla"
> 
> What I get is:
> for X11 options see 'help X11->command-line-options'
>   -V, --version
>   -h, --help
> gnuplot 4.0 patchlevel 0
> Report bugs to gnuplot-bugs@lists.sourceforge.net
> 
> So it seems that:
> -Debian is distributing a binary-modified gnuplot (there is some
> patches applied to original gnuplot)
> -gnuplot license says that, if somebody distributes a new version of
> gnuplot, has to clearly alert about it
> -Debian is not alerting about it

Assuming that the debianized gnuplot is actually modified with respect
to the upstream gnuplot (I believe you, but I didn't check by
myself...), then I think that you're right in saying that Debian seems
to be currently violating the license...

If others agree, I think you should file a serious bug against the
gnuplot package ASAP.

-- 
But it is also tradition that times *must* and always
do change, my friend.   -- from _Coming to America_
..................................................... Francesco Poli .
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