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Re: Tandem Repeats Finder License Terms

Hi Étienne,

thanks a lot.  I've added another link at


named "COVID-19".  IMHO it would help if others in the team would
respond in the same line to support Étienne and make sure the authors
will really consider freeing their code.

Kind regards


On Fri, May 08, 2020 at 07:18:14PM +0200, Étienne Mollier wrote:
> Greetings Mr. Gary Benson and Yözen Hernández,
> I'm in the process of giving a hand to the Debian Med Team with
> maintaining several applications for the Debian project.  In the
> context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the need for easing access to
> applications related to the medical field, notably virology, has
> become dire, and there is a list of projects that has been
> established by the Debian Med Team which is considered a
> priority work, see:
>     https://salsa.debian.org/med-team/community/2020-covid19-hackathon/-/wikis/COVID-19-Hackathon-packages-needing-work
> So in this context, I've begun packaging VirusSeeker, initially
> written in the Washington University in St. Louis, and this
> program makes use of RepeatMasker for one of its processing
> steps.  This program, in turn, depends on Tandem Repeats Finder.
> However, the current licensing terms are making TRF incompatible
> with integration into the main Debian repository, thus render
> RepeatMasker and VirusSeeker both ineligible to it as well.
> I was wondering if it were possible to open the source code of
> TRF, and choose licensing terms that would be compatible with an
> integration into Debian main repository, for instance by using
> the GPL-3 or the MIT license, or whichever terms suits your
> taste among the ones considered DFSG compatible:
>     https://wiki.debian.org/DFSGLicenses#DFSG-compatible_Licenses
> In hope your licensing change will help us all moving forward,
> Kind Regards,
> -- 
> Étienne Mollier <etienne.mollier@mailoo.org>
> for the Debian Med Team <debian-med@lists.debian.org>


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