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Re: [Bug-ddrescue] GNU ddrescue 1.19-pre1 released

From: Adrien Cordonnier
Subject: Re: [Bug-ddrescue] GNU ddrescue 1.19-pre1 released
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 15:23:36 +0100

Hi Antonio,

Congratulation for the relicencing and for noticing the licence
incompatibility before it hinders other free software developments! We are
far from the FSF's behaviour which has led to the LibreDWG fiasco.


In brief, FSF has included support of DWG AutoCAD proprietary format in
their high priority projects. They have developped a library since 2008.
Unfortunately the library is GPLv3+ so no free CAD software can actually
use it. Expecially LibreCAD and FreeCAD are tied to GPLv2-only code for
most of their code or GPLv3-incompatible libraries. Contacted in early
2012, FSF has refused to relicence LibreDWG so developpers have left the
project. LibreCAD has eventually started a GPLv2+ library from scratch in



2014-06-28 12:45 GMT+01:00 Antonio Diaz Diaz <address@hidden>:

> GNU ddrescue 1.19-pre1 is ready for testing here
> http://download.savannah.gnu.org/releases/ddrescue/
> ddrescue-1.19-pre1.tar.lz
> The sha1sum is:
> 915e8afd06715a86e1c87443c6f03c57789adf42  ddrescue-1.19-pre1.tar.lz
> Please, test it and report any bugs you find.
> GNU ddrescue is a data recovery tool. It copies data from one file or
> block device (hard disc, cdrom, etc) to another, trying to rescue the good
> parts first in case of read errors.
> GNU Ddrescuelog is a tool that manipulates ddrescue logfiles, shows
> logfile contents, converts logfiles to/from other formats, compares
> logfiles, tests rescue status, and can delete a logfile if the rescue is
> done.
> The homepage is at http://www.gnu.org/software/ddrescue/ddrescue.html
> Changes in this version:
>   * A race condition at start of run with "--timeout=0" has been fixed.
>   * Trimming is now done in one pass.
>   * Splitting is now done in several passes, minimizing head movement. The
> largest blocks are split first. Then each pass splits all blocks larger
> than half the size of the blocks split in the previous pass. When the size
> of all remaining non-split blocks drops to less than 14 sectors, they are
> read sequentially. Seek direction is reversed between passes, so that the
> heads never need to cross the whole disc just to begin another pass.
>   * The license has been changed to GPL version 2 or later. (See
> http://lists.nongnu.org/archive/html/lzip-bug/2014-06/msg00000.html)
> Regards,
> Antonio Diaz, GNU ddrescue author and maintainer.
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