Package the cdrtools
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https://cdrtools.org/

https://cdrtools.org/debian/

This should ideally be done in upstream Debian but it ain't going to happen.

Squid created this task.Jul 10 2019, 5:19 PM
Squid added a subscriber: mak.Jul 29 2019, 6:34 PM

@mak Can you make it happen?

Squid assigned this task to mak.Jul 29 2019, 6:36 PM
mak closed this task as "Wontfix".Jul 29 2019, 9:53 PM

Thank you for the feature request, but unfortunately we'll definitely not have cdrtools in PureOS.
There has been an old fight about its license change which I really don't want to start again. Also, the legal situation didn't really change and Debian, the FSF and Red Hat all agree on this particular legal issue.
Plus, to put it frankly, Jörg Schilling is one of the least fun upstream developers one could ever deal with.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cdrtools#License_compatibility_controversy for some abbreviated summary of the licensing issue.

You can use cdrkit to burn optical media, or just switch to the much more modern libburnia which is used by many open source projects: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libburnia
GNOME's Brasero is using libburn anyway.

Squid added a comment.EditedJul 30 2019, 2:54 PM
In T788#14927, @mak wrote:

Thank you for the feature request, but unfortunately we'll definitely not have cdrtools in PureOS.
There has been an old fight about its license change which I really don't want to start again. Also, the legal situation didn't really change and Debian, the FSF and Red Hat all agree on this particular legal issue.
Plus, to put it frankly, Jörg Schilling is one of the least fun upstream developers one could ever deal with.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cdrtools#License_compatibility_controversy for some abbreviated summary of the licensing issue.

You can use cdrkit to burn optical media, or just switch to the much more modern libburnia which is used by many open source projects: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libburnia
GNOME's Brasero is using libburn anyway.

@mak Thank you for the prompt answer. I had read all that and much more before authoring the task. Including https://github.com/KDE/k3b/blob/master/INSTALL.txt (it says mandatory, right?)

This is not much of an issue for me personally, but the users of PureOS will be missing out on the best-in-its-category software suit.

The Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL) is a free and open-source software license. It does not violate one's digital freedoms in any way whatsoever.

cdrkit has been abandonware for years and it is technically defective software.

xorriso (part of the Libburnia suit) is emulating mkisofs (I'm not trying to diminish Libburnia in any way)

There are countless arguments in favor of cdrtools but re-starting the debate is the last thing I want. Those who know what the cdrtools are will use those anyways.

Sigh! I feel very relieved now. This didn't go very well but at least I tried :)

Kind regards

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