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[SLUG] free software?
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- Subject: [SLUG] free software?
- From: Danny Yee <danny@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed Jul 12 17:59:27 2000
Angus Lees wrote:
> (i should probably read the license first, but..)
There is no licence, that's the major problem.
(http://cr.yp.to/djbdns/dist.html is hardly a licence.)
> so does that mean that when a distro (for example: debian) decides
> they want to patch the source to change a default path, or something -
> they can't distribute the resultant binaries? (without renaming it to
> "dnscache-debian" or some other shenanigans)
My concern is that it's not even clear that they would be allowed to do
the latter - ie, change the binaries *and* the name.
I understand that DJB is a genius and no one should ever want to modify
his code or change the way he does things, but I feel that people
should do the right thing because they choose to, not because they are
And what happens if Bernstein is run over by a bus tomorrow? In the
absence of any formal licence covering his code, who knows what the
executors of his estate could do.