mw at moni
Feb 26, 1997, 7:15 AM
Post #1 of 3
I really wonder what
If you want to distribute modified versions of qmail (e.g.,
different packaging formats, porting changes, precompiled
binaries) you'll have to get my approval. Note that this means
approval of the version, not approval of your distribution
means? Does this answer the following questions clearly
1) If a Math department has 37 Unix machines, does the system
administrator have to compile qmail on each separately (implying that
each machine has to have a compiler even if the owner will never use
anything else except E-mail and TeX).
Or can she compile it on one Linux/gnu, one sparc, one iris, and then
install from these machines to the rest ? Is this considered a
distribution of the binaries? How about sending the binaries to other
departments on campus? How about doing the same with a home made
2) How long does it take to get an approval? How does Dan check a
binary package? Does one actually send the binaries to him, or just
the description of how they was compiled? Who is going to read and
understand all these descriptions, patches?
Does he have the capabilities to learn and check every
conceivable packaging system? Does one have to send a current version
of the packaging system as well? Is he willing to bother with the
compilation of these packaging systems, or one should send a binary
3) Does the license apply to 1.00 only, or to all previous versions as
well? In particular, do we have to remove the .96.rpm from our
university's ftp site?
Why did the license appear only now?
4) What if a bright grad student at Berkeley decides to write the
perfect MTA, and she wants to incorporate ideas from qmail; how much
freedom does she have to experiment?
mw [at] moni
University of Memphis