Subject: Re: Opera update: no more banners
To: Greg Troxel <>
From: Geert Hendrickx <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 09/22/2005 22:18:39
On Thu, Sep 22, 2005 at 02:01:12PM -0400, Greg Troxel wrote:
> Infrastructure changes are out of bounds during the freeze.  While
> having a single-package license in the package itself seems nice, I'd
> still like to have a line that looks like LICENSE= in the Makefile.
> Perhaps just look for it locally, and if not found in
> /usr/pkgsrc/licenses.

Agreed, but we can already update the opera license.  

I think putting licenses in the local dir is a good idea though, for
example that makes it possible for packages in pkgsrc-wip (or other
home-grew categories) to have their own licenses.  But this can be
implemented after the freeze.  

> For now, if the license is wrong it should be fixed.  But I prefer to
> avoid the word 'free' in free-opera-license in order to avoid misleading
> people into thinking that opera is Free Software (a la FSF).  OTOH of
> course it isn't free software, or there wouldn't be a license file.

Then maybe freeware-opera-license?  Or just opera-revised-license?  

> Perhaps "opera-license-2005" is non-judgemental and non-misleading.

But not very unambiguous.  It's still applicable in 2006 :-) (and does not
apply to versions from earlier in 2005).

> This raises an interesting point, which is that changing a license file
> once it exists in other than cosmetic ways is a problem, because existing
> mk.conf lines will match the new license without review.

Yes, it must be renamed.  Otherwise users will be unaware of the change.