[haiku] Re: Haiku package freedom.

  • From: Chris Andrew <cjhandrew@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: haiku@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2009 21:09:33 +0000


Is there anyway we can get package maintainers to comply with the 5
lines, above (or at least item 4)?  'Public Domain' means many things
to may people and is not very convincing.  Haiku may find itself on
potentially difficult grounds if it is distributing software that is
not specifically licensed.

What you have at the moment is predominantly elegant, as grep'ing the
descriptions could ensure Haiku (or it's derivatives) are totally
Free/ Open (or not).  If packages are marked as 'Public Domain', they
will be considered as an unknown entity, by many.



2009/10/29 scott mc <scottmc2@xxxxxxxxx>:
>> This looks very encouraging.
>> Do all Haiku packages have the following layout?
>> Line
>> 1       Package:        libsdl
>> 2       Version:        1.2.14
>> 3       Copyright:      1997-2009 Sam Lantinga
>> 4       License:        LGPL v2.1
>> 5       URL:    http://www.libsdl.org/
>> Chris.
> Most do.  There might be a few that are missing one or two of the
> lines.  Some might even have a Description: line but I haven't seen
> that one used very often.
> They all have the Package and License lines as far as I know.  In some
> cases the software is Public Domain and the original authors failed to
> put in any copyright dates, so in those cases I've listed the License
> as public domain and left out the copyright line.  At this point we
> probably have less than 300 packages available, so no where near your
> 10,000.
> -scott

Reasons why you may want to try GNU/Linux:


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