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Re: Updating CIDER's Research Software Agreement License For Use in Ngspice



On Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:45:53 +0000 Eric Kuzmenko wrote:

[...]
> It was therefore not free software and did not
> comply with the Debian Free Software Guidelines, hence why it is found in
> Debian's non-free archive.

First of all, thanks for trying to liberate an important software
package for circuit simulation!
It would be really awesome, if ngspice could become Free Software.

However, please note that CIDER is apparently not the only non-free
part of the "ngspice" Debian package [1]. According to the
debian/copyright file [2] of version 26-1.1, there are other parts that
do not comply with the DFSG.

Namely, the parts under

 * the NOOVELA license (non-commercial use only, lack of permission
   to copy, distribute and modify)
 
 * no license ("No license found, only copyright")

 * the SPICEDOC license (educational, research and non-profit purposes
   only)

Then there's the CIDER_LICENSE issue which you are trying to address.

My own personal opinion [3] is that all these issues have to be solved,
before the "ngspice" Debian package can be moved to the Debian main
archive.

I hope this may be done...
Bye.


[1] https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/ngspice
[2] http://metadata.ftp-master.debian.org/changelogs/non-free/n/ngspice/ngspice_26-1.1_copyright
[3] I am not a member of the Debian Project, I am just an external
contributor: I don't officially speak on behalf of the Debian Project,
I just express my own personal opinion


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