Bug 9864 - Request: make the connui-wlan package open source
: Request: make the connui-wlan package open source
Status: RESOLVED INVALID
Product: Licensing Change Requests
General
: 5.0/(3.2010.02-8)
: All Maemo
: Unspecified normal (vote)
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Assigned To: unassigned
: licensing-requests
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: moreinfo
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: 1002 3760
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Reported: 2010-04-07 23:16 UTC by Gabor (Account disabled)
Modified: 2010-04-07 23:48 UTC (History)
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Description Gabor (Account disabled) (reporter) 2010-04-07 23:16:14 UTC
Bug 3760, bug 2028, bug 6678, bug 1002, bug 6802 and bug 3760 are reported by
users [1] (and supported by further 4 users [2]) who have to use Nokia/Maemo
devices with
- standard 64 hex WPA keys or
- non-standard length WPA passphrases.

They faced the following frustrating problems (two closely related problems): 
- After entering the 63th hex digit the 64th can not be entered, and there is
neither a tickbox to specify that it is a key, not a passphrase entered, nor a
warning.
- Some WiFi spots (including public spots and devices marketed) use non
standard passphrase lengths - here the Nokia/Maemo devices can not connect.
Administrators of these spots are reluctant to change the passphrase already
set up for Nokia/Maemo users because the majority of their users (e.g. Windows
and Ubuntu users) are able to connect.

Nokia/Maemo represantatives have closed all these bugs as "Wontfix" (or
duplicate). They declared that they do not intend to fix these bugs despite the
frustrations of users. Their point was that they preferred to stick to the IEEE
standard, specifically to their interpretation of the standard which views
entering hex keys an non-standard, too - disregarding real life practice that
does not conform that standard.
I assume that those users who take the effort to write bug reports are only the
tip of the iceberg of users who are frustrated by the same problem.

Multiple users suggested software modifications which could reduce frustration,
two users expressed that they would be interested in fixing the bug themselves
given the source code. After a long debate Andre Klapper disclosed that the
critical part of the code was in the connui-wlan package which was open source.

REQUEST: Please open the connui-wlan package's source.

[1] Bani, Ricardo, Jamie Lokier, Michael W., z_abc_001
[2] Gabor, Helge Hielscher, Timbo, albrandwood
Comment 1 Andre Klapper maemo.org 2010-04-07 23:31:16 UTC
(Removing dups from dependency list as they are dups and removing Priority
setting as that is up to the developer to decide.)


Hi Gabor,
http://wiki.maemo.org/Why_the_closed_packages links to
http://wiki.maemo.org/Open_development/Licensing_change_requests which
describes how to file such requests and which questions to answer.
Please answer these questions separately:


What component(s) or source packages/etc is the licensing change request about? 

What component area is the component in if you know? (See the openness reports
at
http://mer-project.blogspot.com/2010/02/mapping-openness-of-maemo-50-pr11-and.html)

What is the current licensing of the component?

What licensing would you like it to be and why? Examples can be:
open source and openly developed (move to gitorious), open source (select a
license), non-free but redistributable, non-free, published in nokia-binaries,
document the functionality, etc.

What project(s) would have benefit from this licensing change request?

What technical purpose do you/your project(s) have for wanting the licensing
change?
Comment 2 Andre Klapper maemo.org 2010-04-07 23:32:30 UTC
...and moving to the right component.
Comment 3 Gabor (Account disabled) (reporter) 2010-04-07 23:42:14 UTC
(In reply to comment #1)
> What component(s) or source packages/etc is the licensing change request about? 
See Bug 3760, comment 24 (https://bugs.maemo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=3760#c24)

> What component area is the component in if you know?
You, Maemo/Nokia guys know this much better.

> What is the current licensing of the component?
See Bug 3760, comment 24 (https://bugs.maemo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=3760#c24)

> What licensing would you like it to be and why? Examples can be:
> open source and openly developed (move to gitorious), open source (select a
> license), non-free but redistributable, non-free, published in nokia-binaries,
> document the functionality, etc.
Open to those who wish to fix the above listed bugs.

> What project(s) would have benefit from this licensing change request?
The users suffering from the above listed 5 bugs.

> What technical purpose do you/your project(s) have for wanting the licensing
> change?
Fix the above listed 5 bugs.
Comment 4 Andre Klapper maemo.org 2010-04-07 23:48:16 UTC
Your last comment was unconstructive, snippy, and not the tone that I want to
see in maemo.org Bugzilla.

Closing this ticket as INVALID.
Also disabling your account, as explained before in bug 3760.
Feel free to contact me via private email in case that there are any questions.