Bug#496346: openarena: contains lcc, which is not free software
frx at firenze.linux.it
Tue Aug 26 18:13:48 UTC 2008
On Tue, 26 Aug 2008 10:42:58 +0100 MJ Ray wrote:
> lcc was mentioned on debian-legal back in August 2003 as an example of
> a non-free compiler in a book. See
> Unless there's some other licence issued since, it seems pretty
> clearly unsuitable for debian main.
LCC has already been discussed on debian-legal  because it
was included in tremulous.
The conclusion was indeed that LCC is non-free.
Nonetheless, I see that tremulous is in contrib (not in main, at
least because of its data package being in non-free) and it seems
that LCC has been dropped.
Its changelog  states:
| The tools used to build the qvm files are still non-free but don't
| need to be included in Debian
QVM stands for Quake Virtual Machine, a bytecode interpreter,
whose instruction set is "derived from the bytecode interpreter
target of LCC, with minor differences" .
Hence, I think "qvm files" means the bytecode to be interpreted by
At the end of the day: IIUC, this means that a package in contrib
(tremulous) ships DFSG-free pre-compiled bytecode ("qvm files") that
requires an unpackaged compiler (LCC) to be built.
Which is OK, isn't it?
Maybe openarena could be moved to contrib while dropping
LCC in a similar way?
Usual (or useless?) disclaimers: IANAL, TINLA, IANADD, TINASOTODP.
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..................................................... Francesco Poli .
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