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From: Kristian Fiskerstrand <k_f@g.o>
To: gentoo-project <gentoo-project@l.g.o>
Subject: [gentoo-project] What should the default acceptable licenses be?
Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2019 21:06:29
Message-Id: e2d92c1c-f129-6c45-becf-6ad48387bf17@gentoo.org
I would like to point the community at the following bug
https://bugs.gentoo.org/676248:
Bug 676248 - non-free licenses are accepted without user prompt

In summary the question is whether non-free licenses should be accepted
by default in Gentoo. today only licenses requiring EULA are not
accepted by default. So this is a good opportunity to discuss whether we
should deviate substantially from other distros like Debian.

My personal opinion is we should have a default accepting FSF and OSI
approved free/libre licenses and require acceptance for anything else
though package.license / ACCEPT_LICENSE. Since we have this model
already we don't need a separate repository like debian does for its
binary packages, so any change has relatively minor impact on our users
as long as it is presented properly and with a proper timeline.

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Kristian Fiskerstrand
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