buggNewSense GNU/Linux - Bugs: bug #29840, MT19937 implementation is non-free


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bug #29840: MT19937 implementation is non-free

Submitted by:  Sam Geeraerts <samgee>
Submitted on:  Sun May 9 18:09:31 2010  
Category: gNewSense 3Severity: 4 - Important
Item Group: All architecturesStatus: Need Info
Privacy: PublicAssigned to: Sam Geeraerts <samgee>
Open/Closed: Open

Tue Jul 23 18:01:08 2013, comment #4:

I removed mt19937db.c from the orig tarball and disabled cryptography to keep it buildable. New version is pushed to the repo users are informed through mailing list. No reply from Oracle so far.

Sam Geeraerts <samgee>
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Mon Jul 15 14:36:20 2013, comment #3:

Rubén's query did not solve this issue (Trisquel also still carries the Artistic version [1]). The relicensing only applies to the version published by Matsumoto/Nishimura. The version in Berkeley DB was modified non-trivially to integrate with the package.

I've asked Oracle (berkeleydb-info_us at oracle.com) if they could relicense (with permission of the original authors) the file to 3-clause BSD.

[1] http://listas.trisquel.info/pipermail/trisquel-devel/2013-July/000739.html

Sam Geeraerts <samgee>
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Sat Mar 19 11:00:42 2011, comment #2:

[1] http://lists.nongnu.org/archive/html/gnu-linux-libre/2010-05/msg00000.html

Sam Geeraerts <samgee>
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Sat Mar 19 07:50:59 2011, comment #1:

seems the artistic file made it into squeeze.

sam, do you have the reference that went with this ticket? i don't see [1]'s target anyware.

Karl Goetz <kgoetz>
Sun May 9 18:09:31 2010, original submission:

File mt19937db.c included in the BerkeleyDB package is licensed under the Artistic License, which is non-free. Rubén has asked for a GPL version of this file, to which the authors have agreed [1]. When they post it, we can replace the non-free file with it.

Affected packages are every version of db and probably the same additional packages as in deltah (see #29839). I haven't checked this yet.

Sam Geeraerts <samgee>
Project AdministratorIn charge of this item.


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