Comments regarding boinc_6.10.58+dfsg-1_i386.changes

Rene Mayorga rmayorga at
Fri Jul 16 01:26:50 UTC 2010

On Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 09:11:47AM +0000, Alexander Reichle-Schmehl wrote:
> Hi maintainers!
> I'm a bit worried about the license mixture used in your package "boinc".  For
> example the following:
> > Files: samples/glut/win32_util.[ch] samples/glut/win32_x11.[ch]
> > Copyright: <C2><A9> 1997 Nate Robins
> >            <C2><A9> 1997-1998 Mark Kilgar
> > License: other
> >  This program is freely distributable without licensing fees and is
> >  provided without guarantee or warrantee expressed or implied.
> >  This program is -not- in the public domain.
> Doesn't satisfy the DFSG as it doesn't allow modifications, only distribution.
> Judging from their name, they might be easily removable?

Yes this can be remove if it needed.

But I was a bit more afraid about lib/cal.h, 
you can check

at that time was not a real consensus about this file, this can be removed but
if we do we will disable some capabilities.

What do you guys think on this? If this file is really stopped us from
distribute boinc on main, we might want to move the package to non-free until
all this things are solved.

> Furthermore, it seems that it mixes (L)GPL and MPL code, wich are incompatible.
> > Files: *
> > Copyright: <C2><A9> 2005-2008 University of California
> > License: LGPL-3+
> [..]
> > Files: stripchart/*
> > Copyright: <C2><A9> 2002 University of California at Berkeley
> > License: MPL-1.0
> However, as stipchart seems to be just a CGI script, I'm not sure if shipping
> it with an incompatible license creates any problems.  I'll get back to you
> about that issue ASAP.

Great, thanks in advance for your help.



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