TrueCrypt and it's lovely license
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On 04/25/2011 09:55 AM, Rich Freeman wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 9:20 AM, Dane Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> @Trustees: Any thoughts? I didn't mean to step on any toes, I just
>> hadn't spotted that old bug until today.
> So, speaking only for myself, my thinking is that there is enough
> debate over the truecrypt license that I see no point in not just
> playing it safe and restricting mirroring. Restricting mirroring will
> make Gentoo itself not a party to any redistribution (at least not a
> direct party). If we further restrict fetching you could argue that
> we're getting ourselves out of the facilitation business as well (not
> a legal theory I'm enamored with).
> I'd like to propose that devs should not commit ebuilds that do not
> have mirroring restrictions unless the license is in
> @BINARY-REDISTRIBUTABLE. Perhaps this should be a repoman check.
> Whether something ends up in that group is more complicated, but
> repoman doesn't need to worry about that.
> Neither Debian nor Ubuntu redistribute TrueCrypt. That at the very
> least should give us concern with doing so. Their license is also not
> considered free by any of the usual bodies.
> Sure, it is a little hassle for users, but not that much in the big
> scheme of things - especially since other distros don't package it at
> all. Better to let any lawyers we retain focus on getting the
> foundation in better order and not have them fighting over licenses.
These are all good enough reasons for me. Re-Restricted mirror and fetch
in CVS. Thanks =)
Dane Smith (c1pher)
Gentoo Linux Developer -- QA / Crypto / Sunrise / x86
RSA Key: http://pgp.mit.edu:11371/pks/lookup?search=0x0C2E1531&op=index
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