Re: non-free Packages

Subject: Re: non-free Packages
From: Roland Rosenfeld (
Date: Wed May 24 2000 - 14:03:54 CEST

On Tue, 23 May 2000, Norbert Tretkowski wrote:

> > pgp-i
> > pgp5i
> > tin

> Do we really need these packages? For pgp I can use gnupg,

It's quite tricky to create PGP2 compatible messages with gnupg, so
IMHO we should include pgp-i but exclude pgp5i.

> and we also have slrn for tin.

If someone (like me) prefers the handling of tin over the one of slrn,
this isn't a real alternative. BTW: The copyright of tin will change
in the future to become free, but this may take some time, because it
is a very old program, where many developers have worked on and it
isn't trivial to find all of them and get their okay to change the
copyright. So please include tin in the CD.

> I think there are very much non-free packages, and we should reduce
> them as much as we can.

tin is becoming free in the future and it is quite free at the moment:

 You may freely copy or redistribute this software, so long as there
 is no profit made from its use, sale trade or reproduction. You may not
 change this copyright notice, and it must be included in any copy made.



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