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


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bug #42917: Manpages contains non-free files

Submitted by:  Sam Geeraerts <samgee>
Submitted on:  Tue Aug 5 14:19:00 2014  
Category: PackageSeverity: 5 - Blocker
Item Group: Package archiveStatus: Confirmed
Privacy: PublicAssigned to: mokhi <mokhi64>
Open/Closed: Open

Sat Nov 14 21:52:36 2015, comment #4:

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

Sam Geeraerts <samgee>
Project Administrator
Thu Nov 12 08:49:29 2015, 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>
Project MemberIn charge of this item.
Wed Nov 11 20:43:33 2015, 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>
Project Administrator
Wed Nov 11 14:31:03 2015, comment #1:

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

mokhi <mokhi64>
Project MemberIn charge of this item.
Tue Aug 5 14:19:00 2014, 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>
Project Administrator


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