Wed Aug 30 20:30:04 CEST 2006

cdrtools vs. GPL

Yesterday ProLinux wrote an article about cdrtools of Jörg Schilling.

He changed the license of his tool from GNU GPL to the CDDL (Common Development and Distribution License [of Sun]). That shouldn't be the problem, but Debian and the whole FSF think that the CDDL is GPL incompatible.

"This is a free software license which is not a strong copyleft;
it has some complex restrictions that make it incompatible with
the GNU GPL.
It requires that all attribution notices be maintained,
while the GPL only requires certain types of notices.
Also, it terminates in retaliation for certain aggressive uses of
patents. So, a module covered by the GPL and a module covered by
the CDDL cannot legally be linked together. 
We urge you not to use the CDDL for this reason.

Also unfortunate in the CDDL is its use of the term
'intellectual property'."


Just because the CDDL is incompatible with the Debian Free Software Guidelines, the Debian guys tried to clarify the issue with a bugreport but all they got was a plan about 9 points of Schilling.

It is only absurd and unpracticable for the Debian guys to lose their religion. So we need a cdrtools package free of any license issues. That's why some of the community force a cdrtools fork.

The result of this issue is, that new versions of cdrtools aren't going to go into the Debian repositories. Some of the Debian maintainer will manage the old (GPL coverd) versions and make there local changes until we have got a free cdrtools fork or a miracle.

Posted by Sebastian Wieseler | Categories: *nix, GNU/FSF |