Alistair Crooks <agc%pkgsrc.org@localhost> writes: > On Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 08:21:08PM -0500, Greg Troxel wrote: >> But, if you object to this, then I think you're really objecting to the >> above policy -- which is a reasonable discussion to have, separate from >> whether agpl is properly added to the default list under the current >> documented policy. > > Yes, the objection is to the current policy - we should not just be > rubber-stamping FSF licenses, since their licensing requirements are > different to TNF's - principally more stringent and onerous. So do you object to all copyleft licenses being in DEFAULT_ACCEPTABLE_LICENSES? > We see a number of companies who will not use GPLv3 or LGPLv3 software. > > We see a number of BSD projects which will not include GPLv3 or LGPLv3 > software. > > Both of these decisions have been taken following legal advice. > > I think we should respect the wishes of those entities, and remove > GPLv3 and LGPLv3 from the current list, and also remove AGPLv3 too. (Ryo ONODERA makes good points about GPL3 code in NetBSD base: ~/NetBSD-current/src/external/gpl3 > ls -l total 14 drwxr-xr-x 2 gdt users 512 Nov 1 05:49 CVS -r--r--r-- 1 gdt users 311 Nov 1 05:49 Makefile -r--r--r-- 1 gdt users 3130 Apr 1 2010 README drwxr-xr-x 7 gdt users 512 Nov 13 2009 binutils drwxr-xr-x 6 gdt users 512 Jul 19 07:58 gcc drwxr-xr-x 6 gdt users 512 Oct 19 11:32 gdb ) Can you point to a published documented license policy by TNF that excludes GPL3? I didn't find it linked from: http://www.netbsd.org/about/redistribution.html We are not talking about inclusion in the base system. We are simply talking about installing packages. So I think there's a much lower bar, and excluding licenses from DEFAULT_ACCEPTABLE_LICENSES that are present in base system code does not make sense to me. As I've said before, anyone who is going to take software from pkgsrc, make a derived work, and distribute it or serve it over a network needs to talk to counsel. So the whole ACCEPTABLE_LICENSES situation is about people who are not doing something that causes them to need counsel. If there are people with a no-GPL3 policy, then perhaps we need a variable GPL3_ACCEPTABLE?= yes which if set to no changes the default for DEFAULT_ACCEPTABLE_LICENSES. That would certainly enable places with a "free software ok, but not GPL3" policy to adapt pkgsrc very easily.
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