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


bug #29840: MT19937 implementation is non-free

Submitter:  Sam Geeraerts <samgee>
Submitted:  Sun 09 May 2010 06:09:31 PM UTC
Category:  gNewSense 3 Severity:  4 - Important
Item Group:  All architectures Status:  Need Info
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  samgee
Open/Closed:  Open
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Tue 23 Jul 2013 06:01:08 PM UTC, 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 15 Jul 2013 02:36:20 PM UTC, 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>
Project Administrator
Sat 19 Mar 2011 11:00:42 AM UTC, comment #2: 
Sam Geeraerts <samgee>
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Sat 19 Mar 2011 07:50:59 AM UTC, 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 09 May 2010 06:09:31 PM UTC, 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 Administrator


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