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Re: Intent to make a Debian package with DOM Java bindings

From: Junaid Hasan <junaid@digdyn.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Nov 1999 15:12:04 -0600
Message-ID: <000901bf2a2d$e899c630$aa9da8c0@digdyn.com>
To: "Stephane Bortzmeyer" <bortzmeyer@debian.org>, <www-dom@w3.org>
Cc: <bortzmeyer@debian.org>
Take Me Out Of The List
----- Original Message -----
From: Stephane Bortzmeyer <bortzmeyer@debian.org>
To: <www-dom@w3.org>
Cc: <bortzmeyer@debian.org>
Sent: Friday, November 05, 1999 8:01 AM
Subject: Intent to make a Debian package with DOM Java bindings

> Dear W3 DOM members,
> I write to you as the author of the DOM Java binding package. I plan to
> a Debian package of DOM Java binding and I would like your authorization
> some details.
> What is Debian?
> ---------------------
> Debian is a specific *distribution* of the Linux operating system. It
> is a set of programs, based on the same policy, regarding placement
> of files, etc, which can be installed without compiling anything. My
> personal opinion is that Debian is the best Linux distribution available
> and certainly the easiest to manage, thanks to its packaging system. You
> can have more information at <http://www.debian.org/>.
> What is a Debian package?
> -------------------------
> A package is a binary archive of a program (or a closely related group
> of programs) which owners of a Debian system can install or remove
> easily, by one command. Files in the package are arranged according to
> the Debian policy, so the user is certain to find the documentation in
> /usr/doc/lib-dom-java, the configuration files in /etc and so on.
> Packages are made by volunteers like me which take an existing
> program, patch it if necessary and describes the rules that make it
> "Debian-compliant".
> What do I need?
> ---------------
> I would like your authorization, and please, if you say yes,
> keep me informed of future versions so I can update the package.
> I would like to know, in the case of agreement, in which section
> to put the package. We (Debian) have a "main" section where
> all the software which meet the Debian Free Software Guidelines
> <http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines> go. A "non-free"
> section is available for the programs which, in one way or the other,
> fail to meet these requirements but can still be distributed, at least via
> the Internet.
> I am not sure we can put the Java bindings in "main". The licence
> <http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-DOM-Level-1/copyright-notice.html> says
> "No right to create modifications or derivatives is granted pursuant
> to this license." which seems to exclude freedom to modify. I understand
> that DOM is intended to be normative and therefore not modified at will,
> and that the Java bindings are not a real program but more a formal
> specification but it still bothers me. For instance, the Debian packaging
> itself is a modification, no? Any advice?
> Yours,
> Stephane Bortzmeyer <bortzmeyer@debian.org>
> http://www.debian.org/~bortz/
Received on Monday, 8 November 1999 16:10:16 UTC

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