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Re: [gNewSense-users] Main xm-xr has been checked

From: Chris Andrew
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Main xm-xr has been checked
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2007 17:11:01 +0100


Thanks for having the sense to ask for this to be checked.  It is
better to be in doubt and raise a bug, than to say the package is
free, when you are not sure.

The xorg-xserver package is pretty important to the GNU/Linux
community, so it is essential we get our stance sorted on this one.  I
know some distros are still using XFree86, but that would go in the
opposite direction to Ubuntu.

Please could the list consider helping Brian on this one.

Many thanks.



On 26/10/2007, Brian Kemp <address@hidden> wrote:
> I finished this one up last night, but didn't update main.
> Can I ask a quick favor?
> Can someone else independently verify that xorg-xserver (or
> xserver-xorg, I forget, it's Friday) is free?  The copyright file is
> 44k!
> I believe it is free (The Bitstream Vera fonts have one small
> restriction about commercial use, but it is easily worked around; RMS
> says that is fine.)
> I bring into question the license from DEC, the license from SGI, and
> the license directly below it that looks to be the same.
> DEC seems to be in the same vein as New BSD, MIT, ISC, what have
> you--permissive non-copyleft and seems to be okay, but I'd like
> another reading for thoroughness.
> The SGI licenses does as well but it has a lot more terms and sections.
> I do not really see a huge chance that this package is
> non-free--however it's an important one and I'd rather have someone
> else verify my work here.
> Thanks!
> --Brian
> (No PGP sig, not at home computer, and no smart card yet.)
> P.S.> If anyone would like me to double-check any of their package
> work, just say so.
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