[Pkg-db-devel] Bug#256332: Clarification of redistribution

Matthew Wilcox Matthew Wilcox <willy@debian.org>, 256332@bugs.debian.org
Wed, 11 Aug 2004 00:24:27 +0100

On Tue, Aug 10, 2004 at 04:51:08PM -0400, Mike Olson wrote:
> I'm following up on a thread that's a month or so old, now.  My
> apologies for the delay in closing this out.

Not at all, thank you for pursuing this.

> I was unsuccessful in getting the Commons folks to work with the FSF
> on a GPL-compatible commons deed.  While I believe that such a deed
> would be in the interest of the community generally, I don't have the
> time or throw weight to force the issue.

I agree with you, and regret that I also have insufficient weight to
influence this.

> We've consulted with our attorney, and agree that the simplest solution
> is to use the identical license for the documentation and the code.
> Accordingly, the next release of each of our products will use the
> Sleepycat public license for the documentation.
> I believe that this resolves the issue that Brian Carlson raised
> on July 8, regarding problems including the Berkeley DB doc suite with
> the Debian distribution.
> Thanks for your time and patience.  Please let me know if you have
> any questions, or there is any additional follow-up necessary.

That's wonderful.  Thank you for being so willing to work on this.

"Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon 
the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those
conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse
to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince 
himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep 
he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception." -- Mark Twain