On Mon, 18 Apr 2005 Joerg Reuter wrote:
> Hmm, IIRC Xastir has a licence issue...
> Ah, yes, found it. rotated.c states:
> /* xvertext 5.0, Copyright (c) 1993 Alan Richardson
> * (mppa3(a)uk.ac.sussex.syma)
> * Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software
> * and its documentation for any purpose and without fee is
> * hereby granted, provided that the above copyright notice
> * appear in all copies and that both the copyright notice and
> * this permission notice appear in supporting documentation.
> IMHO (however, IANAL) this is is incompatible to the GPL ("without
> fee" collides with section 6 of the GPL: "You may not impose any
> further restrictions on the recipients' exercise of the rights
> granted herein.")
> Thus I feel reluctant to package Xastir, despite Xastir being an
> excellent program...
I emailed Joerg directly regarding this issue after someone sent me
a link to this message (I wasn't subscribed to this list at the
time). The Xastir development team has been wondering why a _very_
old Xastir version was included in SuSE for many years, and why
Xastir was dropped from the distribution recently.
The above copyright notice _is_ compatible with the GPL. A few
Google searches using some of the wording contained in the above
text will prove that out. I sent relevant links to Joerg, but since
he's doing the ham stuff in his spare time it might be a while
before he takes a look at it.
There were some install directory changes some time back which make
upgrades from the old versions more difficult. Please, if
distributing Xastir with _any_ distribution, choose one of the
latest 1.4.2 development snapshots: They are very stable and have
some particularly good bug-fixes in them.
I often recommend SuSE to new Xastir users as it's the distribution
I tend to use most and what I do Xastir development on. It's a
shame SuSE doesn't distribute Xastir at this point.
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I was just looking at the package list for SUSE 9.3 PRO on Novell's web
site. I cannot find the "Ham radio" packages that are in the rest of the
9.x releases. They are not in the main package list nor are they in the
DVD only list. Are they available, or did they get dropped? If not
anybody know how to make a tarball into a suseRPM?