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Re: [gNewSense-users] Proprietary software in gNewSense - 'Beneath a Ste

From: Matthew Flaschen
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Proprietary software in gNewSense - 'Beneath a Steel Sky' and 'Flight of the Amazon Queen'
Date: Sat, 19 May 2007 17:13:18 -0400
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Guy Johnston wrote:
> The list of licences on the GNU website mentions a licence for fonts which is 
> similar to this (the
> SIL Open Font License), and it says "The Open Font License (including its 
> original release, version
> 1.0) is a free copyleft license for fonts. Its only unusual requirement is 
> that fonts be distributed
> with some computer program, rather than alone. Since a simple Hello World 
> program will satisfy the
> requirement, it is harmless. Neither we nor SIL recommend the use of this 
> license for anything other
> than fonts."

That's a valid point.  I had forgotten about that license.  I guess this
is a tolerable, if misguided, provision.  This exception has always been
part of the open source definition ("The license shall not restrict any
party from selling or giving away the software as a component of an
aggregate software distribution").

Matt Flaschen

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