buggNewSense GNU/Linux - Bugs: bug #42917, Manpages contains non-free files


bug #42917: Manpages contains non-free files

Submitter:  Sam Geeraerts <samgee>
Submitted:  Tue 05 Aug 2014 02:19:00 PM UTC
Category:  Package Severity:  5 - Blocker
Item Group:  Package archive Status:  Confirmed
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  mokhi64
Open/Closed:  Open
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Sat 14 Nov 2015 09:52:36 PM UTC, comment #4: 

I haven't contacted them. You can do it if you want.

Sam Geeraerts <samgee>
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Thu 12 Nov 2015 08:49:29 AM UTC, comment #3: 

So, should i contact copyright holders of "man2/getitimer.2" and "man2/pciconfig_read.2" and "man2/sysinfo.2" or you've done it previously ?

mokhi <mokhi64>
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Wed 11 Nov 2015 08:43:33 PM UTC, comment #2: 

We should first get clarification from the copyright holders about their intentions. If the wording does not reflect what they intended, then they will want to change it to hopefully something that is free. For bonus points, they would also agree to put what's already released (e.g. what's in current gNS) under the new license.

Sam Geeraerts <samgee>
Group administrator
Wed 11 Nov 2015 02:31:03 PM UTC, comment #1: 

Should we write a man page instead of current none-free or ambiguous ones?

mokhi <mokhi64>
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Tue 05 Aug 2014 02:19:00 PM UTC, original submission:  

Package manpages contains some manual pages with a non-free or ambiguous license.

The license notice in man2/getitimer.2 and man2/pciconfig_read.2 says:

"May be freely distributed"

It's unclear if "free" means gratis or in accordance with the 4 freeoms (or something in between).

The license notice in man2/sysinfo.2 says:

"Permission is granted to freely distribute or modify this file for the purpose of improving Linux or its documentation efforts."

This is a (subjective) restriction on how the file may be modified.

Sam Geeraerts <samgee>
Group administrator


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