Drop of portindex

Gary Kline kline at tao.thought.org
Wed Sep 15 17:43:34 PDT 2004

On Wed, Sep 15, 2004 at 05:56:15PM -0600, Robin Schoonover wrote:
> On Wed, 15 Sep 2004 18:33:54 +0200
> Michael Nottebrock <michaelnottebrock at gmx.net> wrote:
> > 
> > Yes, that concerns me as well. One thing that surely can be learnt
> > from this episode is that ports committers (not excluding myself here)
> > need to be more careful about the licensing situation of software
> > before committing it to ports (I was told previous version of
> > portindex had stuff like "(c) 2004 Radim Kolar, GPL"  in one source
> > file and "public domain" in another, but no general license attached
> > to the whole package).
> > 
> Just to continue the confusion, (on his site) he also listed the
> software on his site as being distributed as "Open Source" with a link
> to the OSI site. 
> > I'm not saying we need to go debian on the ports-tree and waste
> > valuable time doing endless licensing reviews and ridiculous debating,
> > but things like portindex clearly must not be committed that easily in
> > the future.
> > 
> I think it was alright for it to be commited to the ports tree. However,
> software included in the ports tree should stay recognized as 3rd party
> software and inclusion is subject to change.  Also, we should be more
> careful on what allow ourselves to mirror.  I don't think that fact that
> a lack of License prevents distribution is noticed enough.  We easily
> enough notice when some Company X decides to port a product/release
> source to FreeBSD (or Linux) and explcitely requests that it not be
> redistributed, but we didn't notice this.
> I think we may want to record what the license for the port is in the
> Makefile.  For example:
> If multiple parts are somehow under multiple licenses, we could also do:
> For things like what we have with portindex, we'd do:
> LICENSE=	unknown
> and warn that the license to redistribute the required tarballs is
> unknown.  (Also, don't mirror on ftp.freebsd.org in this case)
> It's just something to chew on.  (I think netbsd's pkgsrc might already
> do something like this).

	My dime's worth is that this may be an A+ idea.  Bg: around
	5 years ago I talked to thr author of "xv" who said he was
	making around $100K/year from his work.  That was why I
	licensed my misc/muuz differently.  <<what? me greedy??>>
	Nutshell is that I've gone back to the GPL.  But yes,
	people can chance their mind whenever.  Those who initially
	go GPL or GPL/BSD or BSD are likely to be gung-ho open 
	source and willing to share back.  (Apologies for my 
	temp lapse.)

	Other than making people sign their name in blood.... (??)


   Gary Kline     kline at thought.org   www.thought.org     Public service Unix

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