Not fair! qmail, Mozilla Firefox ...
Posted Jun 3, 2004 13:34 UTC (Thu) by job
Parent article: Movable type and "almost free" software
The qmail bashing is completely unfounded. qmail is not less free than
You are not allowed to redistribute modified versions of any of them.
Firefox protects this with their trademark license, qmail in another way,
but it is the same restriction. This is because the authors feel afraid
that modified versions would not be up to their standards. In my personal
opinion, the fear is unfounded, but we have what we have and these
packages are good, almost-free, software.
There are indeed new versions of qmail from time to time, but it is
called net-qmail. It is not hard to find, just go to qmail.org and look
under "download". You will find that the software when compiling applies
patches to an (included) standard qmail source tree, much like LAME did
in the beginning, but that is a technicality only.
These licenses where you are allowed to develop but not do formal
releases, that may or may not conflict with the author's, are not
uncommon. I mentioned Firefox but LaTeX has a similar license. It may be
a bit sad, but bashing one in particular won't help. You need to stick to
facts in order to have a meaningful discussion.
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