Re: Debian GNU/Linux in a Human Rights environment?
Gustavo Noronha Silva wrote:
> Em Wed, 22 Aug 2001 16:41:55 -0400
> techt <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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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