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Date:      Tue, 30 Dec 2003 14:29:35 -0500
From:      Charles Swiger <>
To:        Brett Glass <>
Cc:        "freebsd-questions@FreeBSD. ORG" <>
Subject:   Re: Burning DVD-R's
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On Dec 29, 2003, at 7:43 PM, Brett Glass wrote:
> At 03:31 PM 12/29/2003, Charles Swiger wrote:
>> Meaning what?  You want to make sure the software really works with 
>> DVD-R, but you are not willing to test the software yourself?
> I didn't say that.  However, if there's an alternative that's a sure
> winner, I'd likely want to go with that instead rather than wasting
> time on something that might not work.

Fair enough.  I don't know how to make burncd burn DVD-R's.  People 
have been able to use the port I mentioned to burn DVD-R's, at least if 
their hardware is capable of doing so.

>>> The code is also GPLed. I'm looking, if at all possible, for an 
>>> all-BSD
>>> solution.
>> Is the license actually a genuine concern, or are you inventing 
>> excuses?
> The license is a very great concern, for reasons I've mentioned
> elsewhere.  We like to be able to look at and tweak the software we
> use, and we can't look at GPLed code for legal reasons.

Well, you've done me the courtesy of answering my question.

I do not see why the GPL would prevent you from looking at or modifying 
DVD+RW-tools if you wanted to-- unless you plan on selling or 
redistributing closed-source DVD-burning software (seems unlikely)-- 
but it doesn't matter whether I understand these "legal reasons" or 

> Also, no BSD-based operating system should be dependent upon GPLed 
> code. I'm glad to see that Jeroen and others are working on 
> alternative toolchain components.

My opinion is that FreeBSD is better off having tools like "less" as 
part of the OS.  Come to think of it, "less" is now dual-licensed under 
both a BSD-style license and the GPL.  Perhaps you could ask Andy 
whether he would be willing to make dvd+rw-tools available for your use 
under a different license?


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