cron - contains a file licensed too vaguely for FSF
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Reference: http://libreplanet.org/wiki/List_of_software_that_does_not_respect_the_Free_System_Distribution_Guidelines#cron

Package cron contains files under nonfree Artistic license: /usr/share/doc/cron/examples/crontab2english.pl`

Patch to remove the file and its reference in /usr/share/doc/cron/copyrightfile, as well as Artistic license header in that file.

mladen created this task.Apr 13 2017, 6:44 PM

Still waiting for FSF on response about Artistic license as it is free license except 1.0 which even on their pages says it is unclear is it Free license or not.

mladen changed the title from "cron freedom issue" to "[FREEDOM ISSUE] cron".May 4 2017, 10:54 PM
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mladen edited the task description. (Show Details)May 12 2017, 10:18 PM

@mladen.pejakovic I grep'ed the file and no license shows there, can you check where I could see license for it or maybe Debian patched this already?

From: /usr/share/doc/cron/copyright

Files: debian/examples/crontab2english.pl
Copyright: 2001, Sean M. Burke
License: Artistic

Thanks, I'll patch it.

zlatan.todoric closed this task as "Resolved".May 21 2017, 8:24 PM

Fixed.

mak lowered the priority of this task from "95" to "Freedom Issue".Aug 19 2017, 5:11 AM
jonas.smedegaard changed the title from "[FREEDOM ISSUE] cron" to "[FREEDOM ISSUE] cron - contain a file licensed too vaguely for FSF".
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jonas.smedegaard edited parent tasks, added: T234: nil; removed: T230: nil.Oct 22 2017, 9:49 AM
jonas.smedegaard changed the title from "[FREEDOM ISSUE] cron - contain a file licensed too vaguely for FSF" to "cron - contains a file licensed too vaguely for FSF".Oct 24 2017, 11:59 AM
jonas.smedegaard changed the task status from "Resolved" to "Invalid".Nov 10 2017, 5:05 AM

This issue is bogus: It is correct for metadata to describe license as Artistic, but code itself is licensed "same as Perl" which means dual-licensing as _either_ Artistic or GPL-1+.

jonas.smedegaard raised the priority of this task from "Freedom Issue" to "Unbreak Now!".Nov 10 2017, 5:22 AM
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Please drop derived cron package: There is no need for deriving from Debian (issue is bogus).

Severity set high, as Debian already has possibly important changes in its current delta.

jonas.smedegaard reopened this task as "Open".Nov 10 2017, 5:23 AM
mak closed this task as "Resolved".Nov 10 2017, 5:51 AM

Done

jonas.smedegaard changed the task status from "Resolved" to "Invalid".Nov 10 2017, 1:57 PM

Changing status to "invalid", more appropriate for the task as a whole (arguably I should've created a subtask for the package removal which is indeed "done" by now).

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