Re: Bug#291460: Inclusion of Apache Software License versions in /usr/share/common-licenses
On Wed, 26 Mar 2008 16:51:24 -0600, Gunnar Wolf <firstname.lastname@example.org> said:
> Of course, I'm playing with the numbers. There are still smaller
> machines, there are the embedded-minded people, and of course, there
> would be no sane way to verify the GPL3 was the same GPL3 all over if
> we were to kill common-licenses - But basically, I'd not base the
> definition in diskspace savings.
Then you had better come up with a rationale for having a common
licences directory at all. Seems to me that making binary packages
unusable on their own (can't legally distribute without a copyright
file; so they can only be distributed _with_ the rest of Debian) is a
big enough obstacle that unless we have a compelling reason to have a
common licenses directory, we should not strip out the licenses from
packages and replace them with a pointer.
The rationale traditionally has been (to quote Russ)
> Mainly that repeating the uncompressed text of the GPL in every
> package licensed under the GPL actually ends up taking a rather
> measurable amount of space and is something of a waste. And since
> it's legal information, it's much more difficult to justify stripping
> it even in embedded configurations where that space really hurts.
You know, the difference between this company and the Titanic is that
the Titanic had paying customers.
Manoj Srivastava <email@example.com> <http://www.golden-gryphon.com/>
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