Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 472924
consider switching to upstream cdrtools
Last modified: 2014-01-12 19:08:03 EST
Description of problem:
Some time ago there was some controversy which caused many linux distros to ship a forked cdrtools. While the development of the fork stopped and bugs are not being fixed, the upstream project at http://cdrecord.berlios.de/ is still active.
I'd love if Fedora would reconsider to switch to that project again, more information about the claims made is available here: http://cdrecord.berlios.de/private/linux-dist.html Later on it says that a review by sun lawyers will be published there.
This bug has been triaged
The CDDL copyright is still not favoured.
The cdrkit fork is in conflict woth GPL and Copyright and cannot
be legally distributed.
The original software on the other sdide is aproved free software.
There even was a full legal review done by the Sun legal department.
The result of this review is that ar are no problems. Sun distributes
the original software.
I strongly recommend RedHat to upgrade to the origial cdrtools
in order to become legal.
The CDDL is an aproved free license.
whats the reason for closing it wontfix?
Said in comment #2
is a different free license really a reason for not shipping a tool which is being actively mantained and has more features than the current one?
Yes, it is. At the least, it is not acceptable in fedora. CDDL alone is not bad, but:
This is why I have to closing it wontfix.
Sorry, but these URLs do not point to valid information.
Just holds an invalid claim - there is no verification for this claim
Also contains an invalid claim but not verification. The URL inside
points to the claim of a troll but does not contain valid information.
Is a list that contains incorrect information about the GPL compatibility
to other licenses.....
Here are some facts:
- The fork distributed by Redhat contains a hard Copyright violation
and thus cannot be legally distributed.
- The license used by cdrtools has been veryfied by seceral lawyers
and none of the lawyers could find any problem.
- Even the FSF confirms that linking GPL programs against CDDL libs
is legal and the FSF is interested to see GPL software on OpenSolaris
So the question is: Why does redhat prefer to distribute illegal software
and tries to avoid a legal solution?
Jörg, didnt you want to publish the legal review of the Sun lawyers? That would help I think.
Martin, the problem with diplomacy is that sometimes your
sources don't like to be quoted. What I cann tell you however
is that (with the help from Simon Phipps from Sun), we made
an agreement with Debian and Debian will switch back to the
original software soon. The agreement was made on March 6th.