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Re: Debian GNU/Linux in a Human Rights environment?

Gustavo Noronha Silva wrote:
> Em Wed, 22 Aug 2001 16:41:55 -0400
> techt <techt@pikeonline.net> escreveu:
> > 	I have to agree with the use of Mixmaster.  I've used it myself in
> > the past and have found it easy to both set up and use.  There is a problem
> > with Mixmaster being non-free.  The source is free but it uses the IDEA
> > algorithm which is patented.  The patent on IDEA doesn't expire until 2007
> > I think.  Perhaps an avenue to check would be to ask the patent holder if
> > they would allow IDEA to be used freely in a human rights environment. 
> > Couldn't hurt to try.  Would this satisfy the requirements for inclusion
> > under free software in Debian?  
> if I understand correctly you're proposing that we should ask them for
> a debian-specific license... that's not permited by DFSG...

It's permitted, you can try whatever you like, but it wouldn't make
the package/license DFSG-compliant.



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