Hi David, Apologies for taking so long to get back to you on this. Is the following slightly modified version of your press release acceptable to you? [corrected the spelling of Michael Sandrof's name, removed the license itself, did some minor rearrangement of some words to shorten a couple of sentences, moved references to the end, and added a title. Nothing important, I hope] --- Debian GNU/Linux http://www.debian.org/ IrcII License Issues June 8, 1998 Michael Sandrof, Troy Rollo, and Matthew Green are putting the ircII code under a BSD-like license (without the advertising clause), retroactive to all versions of ircII, past and present. This action is to remove any doubt as to whether ircII is Open Source. This change was prompted by the Debian project, which requires all software in its main distribution to pass the Debian Free Software Guidelines. Several members of the project noted that the license was ambiguous in places as to whether modified versions could be distributed, and an effort was made to contact the past and present developers of ircII, Michael Sandrof, Troy Rollo and Matthew Green, in order to clarify the situation. This effort was successful, and the three agreed to retroactively assign a modified BSD license to the code to remove any doubt. The Debian project thanks James Troup and Igor Grobman for pointing out this problem, David Welton for taking the time to contact and query the ircII developers about the license, and, most of all, Michael Sandrof, Troy Rollo and Matthew Green, both for creating such a great piece of software in the first place, and for taking the time to deal with this issue. >> About Debian Debian GNU/Linux is a free distribution of the Linux operating system. It is maintained and updated through the work of many users who volunteer their time and effort. >> Contact information For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Debian homepage at <http://www.debian.org/>. Debian's stance on free software is presented in the Social Contract, which incorporates the Debian Free Software Guidelines. This can be found at <http://www.debian.org/social_contract.html>. Background information on free software may be found at the the Free Software Foundation's web site <http://www.fsf.org/>, or the Open Source home page <http://www.opensource.org/>. IrcII is distributed from <ftp://ircii.warped.com/pub/ircII/>. The new license may be found as: ftp://ircii.warped.com/pub/ircII/ircii-current/ircii/doc/Copyright --- If it is, I'm happy to forward this to slashdot, cola, etc. (Linux News Weekly, http://www.lwn.org/ have already run with the previous draft, which at a minimum needs a spelling correction on Michael's name in the first paragraph :) Cheers, aj -- Anthony Towns <email@example.com> <http://azure.humbug.org.au/~aj/> I don't speak for anyone save myself. PGP encrypted mail preferred. ``It's not a vision, or a fear. It's just a thought.''
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