Linux TMetric Desktop license

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Corbin Bartsch posted this 24 March 2019

I am currently maintaining/packaging TMetric Desktop for the Arch Linux user repository.

The copyright file included in the official tmetric_desktop_19.1.1_amd64.deb package lists that TMetric Desktop is licensed under GPL-2+, but does not seem to have been updated.

Is this accurate?

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Aleksandr Serdyuk posted this 5 weeks ago

We didn't publish TMetric Desktop in this repository initially. The app is distributed as a binary. So it's not licensed under GPL.

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Corbin Bartsch posted this 5 weeks ago

I understand. However, I believe I have not been clear. The official amd64 debian binary tmetric_desktop_19.1.1_amd64.deb downloaded from your website contains a file named copyright, that is a copy of the GPL license.

# Unpack the .deb
 [corbin@karasu src]$ dpkg-deb -R tmetric_desktop_19.1.1_amd64.deb temp
# Find the 'copyright' file
 [corbin@karasu src]$ find temp -name copyright
temp/usr/share/doc/tmetricdesktop/copyright
 [corbin@karasu src]$ cat temp/usr/share/doc/tmetricdesktop/copyright 
Format: http://www.debian.org/doc/packaging-manuals/copyright-format/1.0/
Upstream-Name: X Solitaire
Source: ftp://ftp.example.com/pub/games

Files: *
Copyright: Copyright 1998 John Doe <jdoe@example.com>
License: GPL-2+
 This program is free software; you can redistribute it
 and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public
 License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either
 version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later
 version.
 .
 This program is distributed in the hope that it will be
 useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied
 warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
 PURPOSE.  See the GNU General Public License for more
 details.
 .
 You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public
 License along with this package; if not, write to the Free
 Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin St, Fifth Floor,
 Boston, MA  02110-1301 USA
 .
 On Debian systems, the full text of the GNU General Public
 License version 2 can be found in the file
 `/usr/share/common-licenses/GPL-2'.

Files: debian/*
Copyright: Copyright 1998 Jane Smith <jsmith@example.net>
License: GPL-2+
[corbin@karasu src]$

To also further clarify, the tmetric-desktop package in the AUR is not a redistribution of this application. It is simply a set of instructions for the Arch package make script that points back to your official downloads page (https://tmetric.com/download) to download the .deb binary.

If you have concerns about this, please contact me so that I can remove it from the repository.

Thanks :)

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