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RE: Questions about liblouis

Just out of curiosity, what do you mean by the "desert island test?"

-----Original Message-----
From: John J. Boyer [mailto:john.boyer@jjb-software.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2008 4:45 PM
To: John Halton
Cc: Eitan Isaacson; debian-legal@lists.debian.org; Mike Sivill; Yuemei Sun;
Will Walker; Luke Yelavich
Subject: Re: Questions about liblouis

I don't understand why requiring that translation tables should be 
publicly available makes the software non-free. After all, isn't this 
exactly what the GPL requires for code.


On Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 11:40:39PM +0000, John Halton wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 02:29:05PM -0800, Eitan Isaacson wrote:
> > 3. The translation tables that are read at run-time are considered
> > part of this code and are under the terms of the GPL. Any changes to
> > these tables and any additional tables that are created for use by
> > this code must be made publicly available.
> This fails the "desert island test", and so the package is non-free. 
> John

John J. boyer; President, Chief Software Developer
JJB Software, Inc.
Madison, WI USA
Developing software for people with disabilities

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