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Bug#168794: synaptics touchpad driver not included upstream



On Mon, Mar 17, 2003 at 06:19:21PM -0500, David Kennedy wrote:
> On Mon, 17 Mar 2003, Andreas Metzler wrote:
[synaptics touchpad driver]
>> Is there any reason why the driver is not included in XFree86? Aren't
>> they accepting it or don't they want to include it.
 
> Yes.  The reason it is not in XFree86 is that the driver itself is 
> licensed under the GPL and not under the X11 license.  To date, I
> have been unsuccessful in contacting many of the original authors 
> to get them to relicense.  Without the relicensing, the code will 
> have to be rewritten to be included into XFree86.  Something I want
> to avoid if at all possible.
 
Hello,
Branden, would you accept a patch[1] for Debian's packages of XFree86 to
include this driver? I can give it a shot.
           cu andreas
[1] I have not tried to build it yet, but afaict it wouldn't be a
real patch but a aimple addition, the driver simply needs internal
X headers to build.

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