[Rd] Non-GPL packages for R

Dirk Eddelbuettel edd at debian.org
Fri Sep 11 18:45:28 CEST 2009

On 11 September 2009 at 17:25, Kurt Hornik wrote:
| I thought I had already explained the last time the GPL-only suggestion
| came up that this will not happen for CRAN.
| But again: we have invested considerable time into getting the license
| specs standardized, and writing code to compute on these.  Time
| permitting, R 2.10.0 will feature code that allows specifying license
| filters which can be customized according to individuals' needs.  But I
| see no point in physically representing one particular license profile.
| Btw, there are less non-free packages on CRAN than packages which claim
| to be free but have non-free installation dependencies: some would argue
| that the latter is impossible from a license perspective.  I feel little
| desire to start arguing about this, as being able to control package
| installation by license filters will resolve matters anyway.

Indeed, that would possibly solve some our (as in cran2deb) worries too.  So
a nig Thanks! for working on this, and of course for providing CRAN in the
first place.


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