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Re: [opensuse-factory] Is KDE3 illegal?
On Sep 21, 11 20:56:43 +0400, Ilya Chernykh wrote:
I received numerous bugreports regarding KDE3 packages from the legal team.

https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=719453

Looks like a false declaration of some copied kernel headers to me.

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ksim and kgpg contains the GPL-2.0 files listed below. I can't immediately see
from the spec file where the source code is compiled into but the spec file
should definitely denote the package (or subpackage of applicable) as GPL-2.0.

kdeutils-3.5.10/kgpg/conf_encryption.ui.h
kdeutils-3.5.10/kgpg/keyexport.ui.h
kdeutils-3.5.10/kgpg/kgpgrevokewidget.ui.h
kdeutils-3.5.10/kgpg/newkey.ui.h
kdeutils-3.5.10/ksim/monitors/lm_sensors/NVCtrl.c
kdeutils-3.5.10/ksim/monitors/lm_sensors/NVCtrl.h
kdeutils-3.5.10/ksim/monitors/lm_sensors/nv_control.h
kdeutils-3.5.10/superkaramba/examples/taskBar/cleanbar/README

Also, there are numerous header files in klaptopdaemon licensed under the
MPL-1.0 (which is incompatible with the GPL-2.0). Please check if these files
are used. If they are, we need to determine how we can resolve the GPL
compatibility issue.

kdeutils-3.5.10/klaptopdaemon/linux/bulkmem.h
kdeutils-3.5.10/klaptopdaemon/linux/ciscode.h
kdeutils-3.5.10/klaptopdaemon/linux/cisreg.h
kdeutils-3.5.10/klaptopdaemon/linux/cistpl.h
kdeutils-3.5.10/klaptopdaemon/linux/cs.h
kdeutils-3.5.10/klaptopdaemon/linux/cs_types.h
kdeutils-3.5.10/klaptopdaemon/linux/driver_ops.h
kdeutils-3.5.10/klaptopdaemon/linux/ds.h
kdeutils-3.5.10/klaptopdaemon/linux/ftl.h
kdeutils-3.5.10/klaptopdaemon/linux/k_compat.h
kdeutils-3.5.10/klaptopdaemon/linux/mem_op.h
kdeutils-3.5.10/klaptopdaemon/linux/memory.h
kdeutils-3.5.10/klaptopdaemon/linux/ss.h
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If the licenses of the components of KDE3 are incompatible with each other
how it happened
that so many distributions included KDE3? Did all of them break the law?

Should we reconsider these legal issues after KDE3 has been already published
and included in
distributions for years? How can it turn that much-used and beloved software
at once
becomes "illegal"?

This is fallout from improving our legal review machinery. I would asume
that there was no change in the packages and that the issues have been in
there for a long time, and nobody discovered them up to now.

Not much harm done, unless the "incompatibility" can be proven be on purpose.
Which
I doubt, in this case.


cheers,
JW-

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