[Dev] [GNU-linux-libre] [libreplanet-discuss] QTWebengine is nonfree

Luke g4jc at openmailbox.org
Tue Jan 10 02:47:00 GMT 2017

On 01/10/2017 01:17 AM, Julie Marchant wrote:
> On 01/09/2017 04:24 PM, Hanno Böck wrote:
>> I think if there are concerns about the free'ness of chromium they
>> should be substantiated.
> I would like to echo this sentiment. It's been something of a meme for
> years that Chromium has proprietary components, but the actual
> components that are supposedly proprietary are never pointed to. I see
> no indication in Debian's copyright file that any part of Chromium is
> proprietary.
> Even the Iridium issue that has been linked to does not indicate that
> any part of Iridium is proprietary. It's just someone asking if there
> are any proprietary components, and the question hasn't been answered.
> If no one can point to the actual files that are supposedly not properly
> licensed, then I think it is fair to assume that the claim is incorrect.
> After all, it's not reasonable to wade through every single one of the
> files that are a part of the Chromium distribution to make absolutely
> sure that every file is properly licensed. We should take people (such
> as the Debian package maintainer) at their word when they say that all
> the files are under a libre license, unless someone finds evidence to
> the contrary.
_Copyright: UNKNOWN - 286 occurrences
__License: BSD *(guessed)* - 1017 occurrences
License: *No copyright* UNKNOWN - 71 occurrences
File list available here:

I've reached out to ungoogled-chromium as well since the project spends
a considerable amount of time patching, to ask what they considered to
be "large portions of code".
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