G'day Johnny,

It is nice to hear this question.

netrek-client-cow does not include RES-RSA.

netrek-server does not include RES-RSA.

You can see an independent review of the license of netrek-client-cow on
the Debian package:


I don't think you need to package the server.  There are servers on the
internet already, and the source compiles fine.  The license can be
found in include/copyright.h and include/copyright2.h with another
mention in docs/README.

Latest version of netrek-client-cow is 3.3.1 released 18th October 2011.

Latest version of netrek-server-vanilla is 2.18.0 released 18th June
2011, but all servers use the source in darcs.

On Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 10:06:10PM +0100, Johnny Solbu wrote:
> Hi.
> I am in the process of packaging the COW client to Mageia, and possibly also Mandriva, and putting it in the non-free repository because of the current license. And I have a question about the license.
> The last day I have looked around for the license of the program, which I have found (copyright.h and copyright2.h).
> During my search I found this list, when in a message from may 2009 you got the permission to relicense "RES-RSA" under the BSD license.
> And I am wondering, is there any attempt to also relicence the client, and possibly the vanilla server under a Free Software license, like the BSD?
> The cow client and the vanila server are currently Non-free programs as it doesn't permitt commerical use, which the BSD and GPL licenses allow.
> Or is it already under the BSD-licence and someone have forgotten to update/add a licence to the package stateing that it is relicenced?
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