Quoting Niall Walsh (linux at esatclear.ie):
> Checking the debian legal lists it seems it may be DFSG compliant...
In a better world, it _would_ be possible to consult debian-legal (or the
various related "summary" Web pages) to reliably determine whether a
licence is DFSG-compliant. That fictional alternate debian-legal
wouldn't be populated by context-challenged monomaniacs woefully
ignorant of applicable law.
Suffice it to say that I draw a distinction between the concepts of
"DFSG compliant" and "approved by certain net.random wankers posting to
a rather painful-to-read public mailing list". That having been said:
The "patents" comments are tautologically true -- but would be so
_regardless_ of licence. That is, _any_ codebase adversely encumbered
by patents is non-free/proprietary, irrespective of what licence
provisions would otherwise apply.
That other bit about fixed attributions making a work
non-free/proprietary is one reason why, although I'm a long-time
subscriber to debian-legal, I only rarely read it, in order to safeguard
my blood pressure: Author attributions may not be stripped in
derivative works by _default action of copyright law_, so it is utter
lunacy to assert, as poster Garrett and numerous others do, that clauses
to that same effect make the work non-free through it "failing the
Chinese Dissident Test".
That is a perfect example of the aforementioned problem of certain
posters being context-challenged and ignorant of the law.
[Freely redistributable SUSE Linux Professional Edition:]
> So easy and useful that nobody has done it or mentioned it since the
> last time we mentioned it, but in the meantime the pope has died, a
> german pope has been elected, Apple has announced it's going to Intel
> Processors and Sarge has been released :-) Something makes me think
> the people who use Novell/Suse just aren't the people to do the job (not
> meaning they can't but they don't) and so we'll probably see another
> pope at least before this happens!
I suspect those users who would otherwise have been sufficiently
motivated to take on that coding/maintenance chore have simply found it
much easier to move to some other distribution (CentOS, Debian/Ubuntu,
Libranet, Mandriva, etc.). Professional Edition is very nice, but
hardly the only game in town.
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