[GFSD Issue] Package 'earcandy' mentions proprietary software

Category:bug report

Do apt-cache show earcandy and a proprietary software is mentioned in use cases.

Sun, 01/29/2012 - 21:03
Priority:normal» critical
Assigned to:anonymous» SirGrant

I'll take this one. marking as critical.

Mon, 01/30/2012 - 12:07

Also packages sipwitch and skytools mention the same proprietary software.

Sat, 02/11/2012 - 01:52
Status:active» patch (ready)

Ok so I have written package helpers for skytools and earcandy. I am leaving sipwitch alone because if you read the description it states:

"SIP Witch can be used on the desktop to create bottom-up secure calling networks as a free software alternative to Skype."

Simply mentioning non-free software isn't a problem. If you read the GFSD it states that we can't steer users towards non-free software (i.e. recommend it to them). Simply saying in a program description that program x is a free replacement for proprietary program y isn't steering people towards using y. However, the other two packages mentioned skype in a fashion that would condone the user using the non-free program so I have removed those references.

Here is a link to the patch on the dev mailing list.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 17:49
Assigned to:SirGrant» upstream
Status:patch (ready)» active

Re-assigning to upstream:



Tue, 10/30/2012 - 18:45
Title:Package 'earcandy' mentions proprietary software» [GFSD Issue] Package 'earcandy' mentions proprietary software
Wed, 02/06/2013 - 19:51
Priority:critical» blocking
Thu, 02/07/2013 - 04:28

The earcandy 0.9+bzr12-2 apt-cache output for 6.0 is:
Description: Sound level manager for PulseAudio
Homepage: https://launchpad.net/earcandy
Description-md5: 848320defa4c41ab7c365720edd41eb7
Bugs: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+filebug
Origin: Ubuntu

So i believe this bug can be marked as fixed, or we want to fix that for 5.5 still?

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 00:33

5.5 end-of-lifes in two months, probably not worth the hassle.

ps. I have zero authority on the subject.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 05:27

Oh, i just clicked the homepage link of the apt-cache output, and see on their launchpad page is still such as info "Fade out music/video players on skype call" :/

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 07:19
Version:» 6.0
Assigned to:upstream» anonymous
Status:active» wrong

Quidam has repeatedly declined patches such as this one from all senders. The only interpretation of this is *mentioning* proprietary or non-free software does not necessarily count as GNU FSDG (formerly) 'recommending' it or (currently) 'steer people towards.'

Therefore I'm closing this as wrong.