Opened 11 years ago

Closed 11 years ago

#493 closed defect (fixed)

splash image license not suitable for Debian

Reported by: dam Owned by:
Priority: major Milestone:
Component: downstream Version: 0.43
Keywords: license Cc:


The splash image (new in 0.43) is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial?-ShareAlike? 2.0 license ( At least the "non-commercial" part contradicts point 1 and 6 of the Debian Free Software Guidelines (

A suitable replacement license would be BY-SA-3.0 (

There are packages using this license already in Debian: padre (yes, for the logo image), gnome-colors, sensors-applet, kdebase-runtime. (there are probably others too, but this is what I have installed on my system).

Alternatively, I can provide some plain splash image (without a butterfly or other photo on it) if you like.

Note that this is not really a show-stopper for Padre to be in Debian. The usual practice in these cases it to repackage upstream source excluding not acceptable files and replace them with free works. Of course this takes some effors and is not very good for the splash image (because of its visibility) but it could work technically.

Change History (1)

comment:1 Changed 11 years ago by azawawi

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

It is now fixed in trunk. We have now two sets of files. The CCNC (Creative Common Non-Commercial) stuff is now suffixed as "-ccnc.bmp" or "-ccnc.png". If you delete them, Padre would default to the "free" version without the suffix.

I have also updated README.txt on all share/*. Please review and re-open this bug if I missed something.

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