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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] (no subject)

From: Michał Masłowski
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] (no subject)
Date: Sat, 02 Aug 2014 11:45:57 +0200
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>> > * In ilmbase-1.0.3.tar.xz the directory IexMath/ has non-free software in 
>> > it
>> Looks ok in 2.1.0. List specific nonfree files and licenses?
> This is the license text of IexMathFloatExc.cpp:
> "Copyright  (c)  1997    Industrial   Light   and   Magic.
> All   rights   reserved.    Used   under   authorization.
> This material contains the confidential  and  proprietary
> information   of   Industrial   Light   and   Magic   and
> may not be copied in whole or in part without the express
> written   permission   of  Industrial Light  and   Magic.
> This  copyright  notice  does  not   imply   publication."
> From what I can tell it doesn't even allow redistribution without 
> modification.

True.  Fixed by commit 301c13f7d9129e6e0d99e8f572de5fbc3d5bf8e3 in which is included since 2.0.0.

These files were included in 1.0.3.  Debian and Ubuntu don't include it
(Debian experimental has it patched with new headers), I don't know if
any free distro is affected.

>> > * Several man pages in man-pages-3.53 don't allow modification. A list
>> > of several is at
>> > ~ but I probably missed some
>> What license are they under? intro.1 in Parabola's man-pages 3.70-1
>> looks free.
> It seems I was mistaken about several of the man pages because it said
> which I thought meant only verbatim copying. Some other man pages in
> the package are still non-free
> though. man2/getitimer.2 says:
> .\" Copyright 7/93 by Darren Senn <address@hidden>
> .\" Based on a similar page Copyright 1992 by Rick Faith
> .\"
> .\" May be freely distributed
> .\" %%%LICENSE_END
> .\"
> .\" Modified Tue Oct 22 00:22:35 EDT 1996 by Eric S. Raymond <address@hidden>
> .\" 2005-04-06 mtk, Matthias Lang <address@hidden>
> .\"     Noted MAX_SEC_IN_JIFFIES ceiling
> .\"
> It doesn't seem to allow for modification.
> These 3 man pages seem to have problems:
> ./man2/pciconfig_read.2
> ./man2/sysinfo.2
> ./man2/getitimer.2

Confirmed in Parabola 3.70-1.

> getitimer.2 and pciconfig_read.2 both just say "May be freely
> distributed" and sysinfo.2 says:
> .\"  Permission is granted to freely distribute or modify this file
> .\"  for the purpose of improving Linux or its documentation efforts.
> .\"  If you modify this file, please put a date stamp and HOW you
> .\"  changed this file.  Thanks.   -DM
> This seems too vague since what one person might consider an
> improvement is up for debate. I think I
> was mistaken about all the other man pages but there still might be
> some more non-free man pages.

Changes adapting it to projects that aren't Linux certainly don't
improve Linux, so it's nonfree.

We should check all licenses when adapting man pages in a distro.

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