[Pkg-octave-devel] Bug#435214: Bug#435214: Clarification of licensing terms of semidef-oct
rafael at debian.org
Tue Jul 31 21:16:00 UTC 2007
I am one of the members of the Debian Octave Group , which maintains the
Octave-related packages for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution. Your
semidef_prog software, which was ported to Octave by A. S. Hodel, has been
packaged for Debian  since 1998.
Only recently, it has been brought to our attention  the fact that the
license terms in the semidef_prog's README file are incompatible with the
Debian Free Software Guidelines . At least, the phrase "distribute this
software for any purpose without fee" is ambiguous.
Unless the license terms are clarified or they are switched to some standard
license language (like MIT/X11 or GPL), we will be forced to removed the
package from Debian, which would be a pity for our users.
Just FYI, the semidef_prog software seem sto work correctly with the latest
version of Octave (2.9.13).
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