Hello everybody, At Debian we have recently stumbled upon a "hidden" clause in a source code file included in PHP since php4. Since this clause is not free in terms of the Debian Free Software Guidelines (DFSG) it prevents us (Debian) from distributing the php interpreter. I am thereby asking for your permission to remove the clause; but I would like you to give permission to *anybody* and not just Debian, as otherwise it would be a violation of the DFSG. Although Shawn Cokus and Richard J. Wagner stated that it would be _nice_ to CC them it would be nice to get an OK by them too. When replying please send a copy of the message to, at least, the addresses in Reply-To.  It was not noticed until a couple of weeks ago by Jan Wagner, who reported the problem at http://bugs.debian.org/499471  From php's ext/standard/rand.c: > The original code included the following notice: > > When you use this, send an email to: email@example.com > with an appropriate reference to your work. > > It would be nice to CC: firstname.lastname@example.org and > Cokus@math.washington.edu when you write.  http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines Yours sincerely, Raphael Geissert
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