[Python-Dev] license issues with profiler.py and md5.h/md5c.c
doko at cs.tu-berlin.de
Mon Feb 7 14:36:32 CET 2005
A Debian user pointed out (http://bugs.debian.org/293932), that the
current license for the Python profiler is not conforming to the DFSG
(Debian free software guidelines).
"This permission is explicitly restricted to the copying and
modification of the software to remain in Python, compiled Python,
or other languages (such as C) wherein the modified or derived code
is exclusively imported into a Python module."
The DFSG, http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ch-archive.html#s-dfsg,
third paragraph state:
The license must allow modifications and derived works, and must
allow them to be distributed under the same terms as the license
of the original software."
- Does somebody knows about the history of this license, why it is
more restricted than the Python license?
- Is there a chance to change the license for these two modules
The md5.h/md5c.c files allow "copy and use", but no modification of
the files. There are some alternative implementations, i.e. in glibc,
openssl, so a replacement should be sage. Any other requirements when
considering a replacement?
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