On Sat, Aug 14, 1999 at 06:30:01AM -0500, Jeramy B Smith wrote:
> > why is that LinuxPPC has the latest netscape communicator
> > up and running but Debian does not?
> > Sergio
> I thought it was because Netscape 3,4 aren't totally free. Maybe 5 will make
> the Debian requirements.
Debian has several different distributions. main, contrib, non-free
and non-US. The main distribution only allows Free Software as
defined by the Debian Free Software Guidelines
(http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines). contrib and
non-free are "not part of the Debian system, although it has been
configured for use with Debian." Seems a pretty thin distinction to
me, but at least the line is there.
Anyhow, stuff like Netscape, which is just free beer, goes into
non-free. Mozilla's (Netscape 5) NPL license allows it to go into the
main distribution. They're both currently in the Powerpc distribution
under non-free/web and main/web respectively. Mozilla is at M8
(current milestone), Netscape is at 4.6 (looks like pieces of 4.61 are
there). I don't know what the current version of Netscape is, but
something tells me it doesn't make a whole lot of difference.
I wonder, does MySQL's "Its free unless you're using Windows" license
fail the "License Must Not Contaminate Other Software"?
Michael G Schwern firstname.lastname@example.org
- From: Sergio Brandano <email@example.com>
- Re: netscape?
- From: "Jeramy B Smith" <firstname.lastname@example.org>