buggNewSense GNU/Linux - Bugs: bug #34215, Alpine contains non-free code


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bug #34215: Alpine contains non-free code

Submitted by:  Jason Self <jxself>
Submitted on:  Mon Sep 5 14:54:07 2011  
Category: gNewSense 3Severity: 4 - Important
Item Group: All architecturesStatus: Upstream
Privacy: PublicAssigned to: Sam Geeraerts <samgee>
Open/Closed: Open

Fri Oct 11 09:58:15 2013, comment #5:

FTR, Debian Bug #641479 was closed on 2012-07-03; the source tarball was repacked with non-free content excluded.

Ivan Shmakov <oneingray>
Sun Mar 11 12:42:59 2012, comment #4:

It's no longer a blocker if it's blacklisted.

Sam Geeraerts <samgee>
Project AdministratorIn charge of this item.
Tue Sep 13 17:15:38 2011, comment #3:

Blacklisted in rev. 204.

Sam Geeraerts <samgee>
Project AdministratorIn charge of this item.
Tue Sep 13 17:08:14 2011, comment #2:

I read that as almost a permission to not use commercially. Nobody needs permission to not use code, so in fact it doesn't say (and thus allow) any of the 4 freedoms.

Reported to Debian: http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=641479.

Sam Geeraerts <samgee>
Project AdministratorIn charge of this item.
Mon Sep 5 14:54:55 2011, comment #1:

Also in alpine_1.10+dfsg.orig.tar.gz

Jason Self <jxself>
Project Member
Mon Sep 5 14:54:07 2011, original submission:

In alpine_2.00+dfsg.orig.tar.gz

alpine-2.00/pico/msmem.c has a strange comment. So Stephen Chung's approval is needed for commercial use?

  • Copyright (C) Stephen Chung, 1991-1992. All rights reserved.


  • Afterwords
  • ----------


  • Theoretically, you are required to obtain special approval from me (because
  • I copyrighted these routines) if you want to use them in your programs.
  • However, I usually don't really care if you are not using these routines in
  • a commercial, shareware etc. product.
Jason Self <jxself>
Project Member


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    Date Changed By Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced By
    Sun Mar 11 12:42:59 2012samgeeSeverity5 - Blocker=>4 - Important
    Tue Sep 13 17:26:06 2011samgeeSummaryCommercial Restriction In Alpine?=>Alpine contains non-free code
    Tue Sep 13 17:08:14 2011samgeeCategoryNone=>gNewSense 3
      Severity3 - Normal=>5 - Blocker
      Item GroupNone=>All architectures
      Assigned toNone=>samgee

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