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[task #15752] Non-free software configured by Maneage?

From: Boud Roukema
Subject: [task #15752] Non-free software configured by Maneage?
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2020 03:55:32 -0400 (EDT)
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                 Summary: Non-free software configured by Maneage?
                 Project: Reproducible paper template
            Submitted by: boud
            Submitted on: Mon 17 Aug 2020 07:55:29 AM UTC
         Should Start On: Mon 17 Aug 2020 12:00:00 AM UTC
   Should be Finished on: Mon 17 Aug 2020 12:00:00 AM UTC
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While non-free software is incompatible with Maneage in terms of licensing
elements of "the package itself", downloading, compiling and installing
non-free software is allowed, it seems to me (though I'm not a lawyer). There
are going to be some people who, although they understand the political
reasons for using free software <>
(euphemistically called "philosophical" reasons by the FSF), will choose to
install some non-free software as part of the Maneage _configure_ pipeline.

Are there arguments to forbid this?

Which existing tools in Maneage need to be changed so that the non-free part
is well-isolated from the free part (as in Debian) and appropriate ostracised
as a temporary compromise?

The software acknowledgments scripts would have to handle this (see for a related point).

One example of a widely used cosmology program that is still non-free after
many repeated requests is CLASS:

This task would to some degree answer (via the creation of a 'task') the
"POSIX dependency" point of the review, in which the author says that
propietary (non-free) software is sometimes needed.


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