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Re: summary of software licenses in non-free

On Sat, 2004-01-10 at 13:38, Raul Miller wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 10, 2004 at 06:57:09PM +1100, Craig Sanders wrote:
> > mmix-src        part GPL. part Donald Knuth license - modified files must be
> >                 renamed and clearly identified. why is this in non-free?
> We probably don't have the legal right to distribute that one.  The Knuth
> license imposes an additional restriction beyond the GPL, and the GPL
> itself says that that means you're not allowed to distribute it.

Only true if it incorporates someone else's GPL source.  If it is all
the author's own work, he can do whatever he likes and the licence
becomes a composite of the GPL and his additional restrictions.

> It's probably in non-free, instead of not being distributed at all,
> by mistake.

Needs verifying.  The description says: "Due to license considerations,
this package will only extract the source code for MMIX onto your
system.  After installation, you will have to run build-mmix to build
the binary package and install it."  This doesn't sound like a package
whose maintainer has been careless about copyright.

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