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Re: [PATCH] Add GeoGebra

From: Nicolas Goaziou
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Add GeoGebra
Date: Wed, 01 Jun 2016 12:35:29 +0200


address@hidden (Ludovic Courtès) writes:

> Alex Vong <address@hidden> skribis:

Thank you for the review.

>> +           ;; Move ".jar" files and license into "share/geogebra/".
>> It seems the jar files are copied into the installation directory.
>> This is no good because guix requires compiling everything from source
>> (except the bootstrap binaries).
> Indeed, those binaries must be removed in a ‘snippet’ field in the
> ‘origin’ object.  See the ‘java-hamcrest-core’ package for an example of
> that.

The problem is that the program is unusable without these jar files, or
to put it differently, the program is the jar files.

AFAIU, building from source is not an option at the moment. According to
<>, ignoring the Eclipse-related
stuff, the project seems to be using Gradle for compilation. Guix
doesn't provide it. 

Notwithstanding the fact that adding it doesn't look like a trivial
task, Gradle seems to act like a package manager on its own. It can
download and install specific version of dependencies or even itself.
One option would be to skip the Gradle part altogether, but that's
probably out of my league.

>> +    ;; Source code uses GPLv3+.  Other parts (e.g., translations) use
>> +    ;; a Non-Commercial clause.
> [...]
>> "Please note that GeoGebra as a complete software program would
>> probably not be considered "free" software according to the definition
>> of that term which is used \
>> by the Free Software Foundation.
> Indeed, the non-commercial clause very clearly makes it non-free.  All
> the affected parts must also be removed in a ‘snippet’.

It is difficult to tell what parts are non-free or not. I mean, some
parts are obvious (web, installer) and are not provided in the current
package. However, I don't think there is an exhaustive list of non-free

OTOH Debian provides it in "main" repository, albeit in version 4.
I don't think the software was re-licensed between versions 4 and 5,

At this point, I'm not sure what to do next. If anyone has a clearer
picture of the task to do, please tell.


Nicolas Goaziou                                                0x80A93738

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