Bug#617613: FreeCAD not in Testing
Adam C Powell IV
hazelsct at debian.org
Fri Dec 16 02:00:39 UTC 2011
On Sun, 2011-11-13 at 19:30 +0100, Francesco Poli wrote:
> On Sun, 13 Nov 2011 11:49:10 -0500 Adam C Powell IV wrote:
> > On Sun, 2011-11-13 at 15:20 +0100, Francesco Poli wrote:
> > > Yes, but I think freecad should not be released in a stable version
> > > (again) with this serious issue unsolved.
> > Indeed, a package with a copyright/licensing issue can't go into a
> > release, and can't go into testing.
> > IMO this isn't an issue,
> Please let me understand:
> (0) you (still) don't think that the OCTPL is GPL-incompatible
> (1) you agree that the OCTPL is GPL-incompatible, but you think that
> this is not an issue for the package freecad linked with
> Is it (0) or (1)?
It's 0, I don't see any clauses in the OCTPL itself which render it
GPL-incompatible, agreeing with Denis' interpretation.
> > and the fact that Debian allowed it into
> > unstable and the squeeze release indicates that the project probably
> > doesn't think so either.
> The issue may have been overlooked at first.
> If I recall correctly, the initial discussions about the OCTPL were
> mainly focused on its DFSG-freeness.
> The GPL-incompatibility issue was only raised later and was not
> immediately clear.
> When I filed the bug report, the GPL-incompatibility had been
> acknowledged by Open CASCADE S.A.S. itself (that is to say, the authors
> of the OCTPL!).
Do you have a link where they acknowledge GPL incompatibility? The
preamble isn't part of the legally-binding text.
> > But until there's an official ruling on this issue, the package can't go
> > any further in Debian.
> An official ruling on the fact that a GPL'ed package which links with
> both a GPL'ed library and a GPL-incompatible library has a serious bug?!?
> I thought this was agreed upon long time ago within the Debian Project.
> I have seen so many packages with such issues reported as serious bugs
> (for instance for GPL programs linking with OpenSSL), that I think it
> goes without saying!
No, I meant that until December 2, Debian had not given an official
ruling indicating whether OCTPL is GPL-compatible. Now they have issued
a ruling but without any clarity or justification.
I'm going to ask Joerg for a clarification on his email of December 2.
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