ion windows manager on FreeBSD

Erwin Lansing erwin at
Thu Oct 1 11:23:26 UTC 2009

On Thu, Oct 01, 2009 at 03:14:17PM +0400, Dmitry Marakasov wrote:
> * Mark Linimon (linimon at wrote:
> > As a reminder, the last time this software was in the ports tree, the
> > developer threatened us with a lawsuit.  This repeats what he has
> > previously done to several other BSDs and several Linux distributions.
> > This is why ports for his software are no longer available for these
> > platforms.
> >
> > Whether the license has changed or not, the fact that the author feels
> > the desire to use lawsuits to achieve his goals makes his software too
> > much of a liability for FreeBSD to redistribute.
> Well we can set RESTRICTED if that's a problem, then we will not be
> distributing anything. I can mirror a distfile under my personal
> responsibility.

The license forbids this software to be in the tree, so with my portmgr
hat on I ask you not to add this to the tree again.
> Actually I think that the weirdnesses of an author should not be a
> reason against using useful software or making it available for use

Such is the legal system, and we are at the authors whim.


> by other people, if there's no real legal threat. They may be a cause
> for stagnation/death of a project, but that's another story.
> As another argument, Debian and Ubuntu haven't ever removed packages
> for ion3, just making a user agree with that the software may be
> obsolete and unsupported. I believe they know what they're doing.
> But I'll still mail ahze (who removed the port) and adamw (who
> maintained it last).
> -- 
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Erwin Lansing                         
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