[Dev] Fwd: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] MAME
isacdaavid at isacdaavid.info
Tue Mar 29 18:23:55 GMT 2016
For your information, the recent MAME situation has spawned a
discussion regarding free emulators for nonfree ROMS and the
role of free distros with respect to those packages. I think
this currently is an ethically gray area that concerns Parabola
too. Jump in if you want to voice your opinions:
---------- Message transféré ----------
De : Jean Louis <guix at rcdrun.com>
Objet : Re: [GNU-linux-libre] MAME
Date : Tue, 29 Mar 2016 16:12:34 +0200
À : Workgroup for fully free GNU/Linux distributions
<gnu-linux-libre at nongnu.org>
It would be good to nicely understand the issues I have pointed to in
and to seek legal advice by an attorney of FSF in regards to trademark
In regards to free software distribution guidelines, as written here:
I don't agree that MAME should be included, including many of other
emulators, in the free software distributions, for reasons above
explained in the discussion I have started.
On Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 11:08:56AM -0300, Felipe Sanches wrote:
> I can see good usages of the MAME codebase for documentation of the
> history of computer hardware. (I do it VERY often).
> Or for running homebrew free implementations of games on the emulator
> (I already did that myself a couple times).
> It seems like the source package is undisputably free, while the
> binary package is also free, but inducing users to download and run
> non-free ROMs.
> That's also the case for any other free-software emulator, though.
> idea how we've dealt with this in cases such as dosbox, and other
> software emulators?
> On Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 11:05 AM, Felipe Sanches
> <juca at members.fsf.org> wrote:
> > The codebase is now fully free. But the vast majority of games
> > (perhaps all of them) require non-free ROMs. So this is a special
> > that requires some thought.
> > On Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 8:57 PM, <rain1 at openmailbox.org> wrote:
> >> Hello
> >> The MAME project has recently re-licensed the project to GPL2
> (with GPL3
> >> parts). It is now free software. http://mamedev.org/?p=422
> >> Please consider updating the entry here to reflect this, since it
> is now out
> >> of date:
> >> Thank you!
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