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Re: [opensuse] Dropping pine and pico from the distribution
  • From: Juergen Weigert <jw@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2006 17:14:47 +0100
  • Message-id: <20060320161447.GZ655@xxxxxxx>
On Mar 20, 06 02:34:21 +0100, Pascal Bleser wrote:
> On IRC, Benjamin Weber pointed me to some odd situation about the "pico"
> and "pine" packages.
> They're part of the SUSE Linux OSS distribution but their license is not
> even near something OSI approved (not even to mention FSF).

Correct. The pine license is neither OSI nor FSF approved.
Debian-legal also was all negative about it.

> Quoting Benjamin: "it doesn't allow redistribution of modified versions,
> and redistribution of the unmodified versions is only for inclusion in
> non-profit things or by prior inclusion".

The words of the pine license are unclear. Benjamin took one
interpretation. We had a different interpretation in the past.
But an unclear license is always a risk. We'll re-evaluate this in
the light of a new OSS spirit.

The basic issue is: We have quite a number of patches to the pine package,
and the U of W wants them upstream (at least according to the license).
But in practice we failed to etablish an upstream contact. Any pointers?

Thanks for bringing this up again.


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