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
- 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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