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Bug 86897 - motif-config license problems
Summary: motif-config license problems
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: [OLD] Unspecified (show other bugs)
Hardware: All All
: High normal (vote)
Assignee: Heinrich Wendel (RETIRED)
Depends on:
Reported: 2005-03-27 13:49 UTC by Ottmar Tonnerer
Modified: 2005-04-29 04:13 UTC (History)
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Description Ottmar Tonnerer 2005-03-27 13:49:05 UTC
Motif-config is, according to the ebuild, distributed under a GPL-2 license, 
however, motif-config includes files clearly belonging to openmotif. There
are three problems:

1. The motif-config script itself is distributed under GPL-2, and therefore
incompatible with the openmotif license (GPL does not allow further 
restrictions).  While ugly, it's at least of no concern to end users.

2. Users of GPL'd Lesstif are forced to install parts of openmotif for 
absolutely no technical reason due to it's dependancy on motif-config.

3. As a result of 2, MacOS users (listed in KEYWORDS from motif-config-0.4 on)
can't legally use Lesstif because of openmotif's licence (and therefore 
motif-config due to its inclusion of openmotif parts) that allows installation
and use of openmotif on free operating systems only.
Comment 1 Heinrich Wendel (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2005-04-26 06:57:18 UTC
fixed in -0.9
Comment 2 Ottmar Tonnerer 2005-04-28 17:07:43 UTC
It isn't. All openmotif ebuilds have either "ppc-macos" or "~ppc-macos" in "KEYWORDS". The Open Group Public License clearly states

[begin quote]

    This software is subject to an open license. It may only be
    used on, with or for operating systems which are themselves open
    source systems. You must contact The Open Group for a license allowing
    distribution and sublicensing of this software on, with, or for
    operating systems which are not Open Source programs.

[end quote]

Ergo, usage on macos is not covered by this license. Please be more careful next time.
Comment 3 Heinrich Wendel (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2005-04-29 04:13:33 UTC
this is no problem with motif-config but with openmotif and ppc-macos. so please open another bug and assign it to the ppc-macos team