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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Packages under the artistic license

From: Karl Goetz
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Packages under the artistic license
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2010 09:28:30 +1030

On Mon, 22 Feb 2010 15:28:15 +0100
Rubén Rodríguez Pérez <address@hidden> wrote:

> After some research, I've found a set of programs and perl modules
> released under the original Artistic License alone, a license that as
> you know is listed as non-free by the FSF:
> One important package I've found is libxml-twig-perl, as it is
> required by several GNOME packages. The latest version of the package
> (3.32-3 and up) is licensed "under the same terms as Perl itself",
> that is, under both the Artistic License and the GPL version 1 or
> later.
> I recommend an free distro to upgrade the package as needed.
> The (probably incomplete) list of programs licensed under the original
> Artistic License alone is:

[ big lists ] :(

> The list was made using the current Trisquel repo, that currently
> includes the main and universe sections of Ubuntu hardy, jaunty and
> karmic. I've manually excluded those packages licensed as "Artistic 1
> or later", "Artistic 2", "Clarified Artistic" or dual licensed with
> GPL.
> I've asked RMS and Brett what to do about this issue.

Look forward to their replies.

Either way does someone have a volunteer whos got nothing to do?
someone to approach upstreams and ask them to dual licence under _any_
free licence would be great.

Karl Goetz, (Kamping_Kaiser / VK5FOSS)
Debian contributor / gNewSense Maintainer
No, I won't join your social networking group

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