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Re: Replacement package

Lars Roland <lroland@gmail.com> writes:

> Well yes and no - as I understand it you are allowed to distribute it as
> long as you do not call it Qmail.

It doesn't really matter, at least to Debian, since it's not for inclusion
in the Debian archive, but for the record this is not a correct
understanding of the license on qmail.  It is not covered under the
Artistic License.  It is covered under a license that gives you the right
only to download, compile, and install the package on your system, and to
distribute the results of compiling the stock package with no

To do anything else, you have to get permission from DJB, although he's
stated elsewhere that he doesn't think copyright law can prohibit the
distribution of patches or your application of patches to software you're
building yourself.  (Note that doesn't include distributing the result.)

Russ Allbery (rra@stanford.edu)             <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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