Ion3 license violation

Russell Jackson raj at
Wed Dec 12 10:39:07 PST 2007

Mark Linimon wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 12, 2007 at 08:25:17AM +0000, Tuomo Valkonen wrote:
>> On 2007-12-12, Mark Linimon <linimon at> wrote:
>>>  ===>   NOTICE:
>> And this would also stop binary package from being generated
>> for the releases?
> No, the release packages were already built.  You see, part of
> the problem of software Quality Assurance is that it takes some
> period of time to get final packages made and tested -- a time
> that no one can guarantee will necessarily be less than 28 days.
>>From the discussion I followed on the pkgsrc mailing list, you
> obviously either don't understand, or don't care, about this
> asepct of trying to produce the best working packages for the
> users of a particular OS.
> But, I tell you what, as a special favor to you, I'll personally
> rip ion-3 out of the already-prepared package sets, check to make
> sure that the port is removed from the Ports Collection, and promulgate
> a new policy that NO software from you will in the future be accepted
> into the Ports Collection.  Thus, your licenses will be honored, and
> as an inevitable result, your software will descend even further into
> complete irrelevance.
> Will that be acceptable, or is there something else that you would
> like from me this fine evening?

Damn it. I use this software, and I even feel somewhat responsible for perhaps possibly
Tuomo here after I reported a crash under FreeBSD 7 on the ion list that wound up having
something to do with the mod_xinerama extension -- something that I haven't had time to
further look into.


I wasn't running the version in ports CVS. I was running a modified local port that did
pull the latest ion sources. I also had to explicitly enable mod_xinerama with a make
define; so, it isn't part of the the binary package or a default port install.

I really don't see why the extreme action of removing it from ports was necessary. :sigh:

Russell A. Jackson <raj at>
Network Analyst
California State University, Bakersfield

It is easier to get forgiveness than permission.
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