[clc-devel] Software licenses

Victor victord at v600.net
Mon Nov 22 00:20:30 UTC 2004

Simone Rota wrote:
> On 09/21/04 13:49 Jukka Heino wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Now that Simone Rota has committed his datastudio port into contrib, I 
>> began to wonder if CLC has some sort of policy on what software 
>> licenses should be allowed in contrib. At least one user was concerned 
>> that he might accidentally install software which would require a 
>> commercial license for the purpose he's using it for. I, for one, 
>> would find something like a "License" field in Pkgfiles useful so that 
>> with a quick glance one could see under which terms the software is 
>> released (GPL, BSD...). What do others think?
> Hi,
> in the case of datastudio, license information and selection is
> displayed at first run, so a misunderstanding is not possible.
> (just saw Johannes pointed out this as well)
> Assuming the problem is not limited to that port,
> I'm more in favour of a specific solution (as suggested by
> ncrfgs); the README file seems an appropriate place for me.
> This way we won't have to add overhead to other ports.
> Regards,
> Simone

I agree, README is best. Because then "work" for it is only done on 
"commercial" ports and we don't have to hunt down license information 
for ALL ports. Why make maintainer life hard than it already is.

I am not against an License field, just if we could make it optional.

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