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Re: Licensing issues

On Tue, Aug 16, 2005 at 01:18:18PM +0200, Frederic Lehobey wrote:
> Hi,
> On Tue, Aug 16, 2005 at 08:52:37PM +1000, Tim Connors wrote:
> > And you don't want debian to even ship software that doesn't enable
> > readline, but can be convinced to allow the user to enable readline
> > themselves at compile time.  They would still then be distributing
> > software that was written and capable of breaking copyrights.
Its trivial to break the law, if that is your intent.  I see no reason to
believe that the Debian is trying to facilitate it, though.

> I am not getting you.  As there are relevant uses of such hooks
> (Debian users might not be distributing software) I do not see the
> point in forbidding them (as long as they cannot be triggered
> inadvertently).
Agree.  The Debian maintainer of gnuplot (as I understand) has provided the end
user with the power to link gnuplot with libreadline, enabling an
often-requested feature, while complying with the licenses of both packages.

The social contract says something to the effect of "we support our users", and
this is a manifestation of that goal.


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