[rancid] Rancid 3.0 License Change

Jeffrey Ollie jeff at ocjtech.us
Fri Sep 27 17:48:39 UTC 2013

On Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 12:26 PM, heasley <heas at shrubbery.net> wrote:
> Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 03:55:09PM -0500, Jeffrey Ollie:
> > I was just looking at some of the changes in Rancid 3.0 alpha and I saw
> > that this clause was added to the license:
> >
> > +## 6. Parties packaging or redistributing RANCID MAY NOT distribute altered
> > +##    versions of the etc/rancid.types.base file nor alter how this file is
> > +##    handled.  The purpose of this condition is to help keep our support
> > +##    costs down.
> >
> > This change makes Rancid non-Free and could be problematic for
> > distributions that package Rancid.  I know that in particular it will be a
> > problem for Fedora.
> It is still free; you still pay nothing to us, no one is bound by this clause
> from modifying it for their own use, and it does not prevent parties from
> creating packages.

Yes, it's still "free as in beer" but not "free as in speech".

> I think the goal is clear.  I spend too much time providing support and
> recognize that a few on the rancid-discuss list help significantly; the time
> of neither is free.  I foresee modifications described to be a potential
> rathole that I wish to avoid.

Yes, I saw the comments in the source and understand your goal and can
sympathize.  I just wanted you to be aware of the repercussions.

Personally, I think that having Rancid available in distributions
would make support easier because everything would get installed in
the right place and all the dependencies would get installed as well.

Jeff Ollie

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