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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] non-free files in psutils? (was: Introducing Conno

From: Karl Goetz
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] non-free files in psutils? (was: Introducing ConnochaetOS)
Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2010 20:48:40 +0930

On Sun, 15 Aug 2010 13:07:00 +0200
Henry Jensen <address@hidden> wrote:

> Hello
> On Sun, 15 Aug 2010 11:01:54 +0200
> Sam Geeraerts <address@hidden> wrote:
> > > psutils ======= The license states:
> > > 
> > > "The included files, and (and their uuencoded
> > > forms) are (to the best of my knowledge) copyright Apple Computer,
> > > Inc."
> > > 
> > > The mentioned files are without license and copyright notice. Can
> > > I disribute them with peace of conscience?
> > 
> > The "to the best of my knowledge" doesn't give much hope, but I
> > suggest you contact upstream anyway to ask about copyright and
> > license information.
> I think upstream states, what the license is saying about those two
> files. The author is not sure where they come from, he thinks from
> Apple. And if he isn't sure about copyright, he can't be sure about
> the licensing of this two files either.
> Unless proven otherwise, I think we must consider those two files as
> non-free.


> I also mailed this issue to the gNewsense-dev list.

Would have been good if you'd kept the discussion here and simply
filed a bug.

> Technical, those files are used by fixmacps(1), which  "fixes"
> PostScript generated from a Macintosh PC that it works correctly
> with  psutils package (according to manpage).
> The fix would be, to remove fixmacps and the postcript files
> and from the package.

please include this detail in any bug you may file.

Karl Goetz, (Kamping_Kaiser / VK5FOSS)
Debian contributor / gNewSense Maintainer
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