On Sun, 2008-05-04 at 20:42 +0200, Carsten Agger wrote:
> Dave Crossland <email@example.com> wrote:
> > A reimplemention of VRMS that works with the major families of
> > contemporary GNU/Linux distributions (Fedora and Debian derived ones)
> > would help enourmously with being aware of how much proprietary
> > software one runs.
> > I sincerely hope you will develop such a program, because I think it
> > is sorely needed :-)
> I might, at a later point - basically, it might be executed as two steps:
> 1) make VRMS work as intended, or write a clone that does work
> 2) make a GTK-based GUI applet similar to Add/Remove programs listing the output from 1) with name, description and an option to remove and maybe a "purge all non-free packages" option.
If you want to hack around with VRMSy things, i'd suggest fix that
instead of make a clone and have to get it packaged
> However, Karl has suggested that as a C programmer I might start looking at this bug:
> so I'm beginning to look into it. Might take a while to fix, though - appears most of the GLX code in the Xorg server is under a non-free license, either the "GLX Public License" (a few files) or the "SGI Free Software License B" (a lot of files!). The first thing that comes to mind is to try to attempt (ask nicely for) a relicensing, but if this not possible, a lot of code needs to be rewritten (or the GLX functionality taken out, at least for Gobuntu and gNewsense, since the code is non-free).
It would affect Debian as well.
If your willing to do legwork you should really start at the top and
work down -
- start by contacting SGI to relicence
- ask xorg if you could work with them
- talk to the debian xorg team
- talk to whoever worries about xorg in ubuntu
- say bugger it and start hacking.
The other option is bugger the top layers and go direct to coding
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