View Full Version : [all variants] POVray 3.7 is now AGPL 3.0: please, include it in Ubuntu!

December 14th, 2013, 01:26 PM
Google didn't help me to find how to suggest to include a software in next releases of Ubuntu.

Latest Persistence of Vision Raytracer release (POVray 3.7 (http://povray.org/)) switched to AGPL 3 licensing (http://www.povray.org/povlegal.html).

I hope it will be included in Trusty Tahr.

December 14th, 2013, 02:08 PM
You could ask on irc channel #ubuntu-community-team and make a thread at http://discourse.ubuntu.com/

December 14th, 2013, 03:18 PM
It is a Windows program. According to the web site it requires Windows XP or later. Surely it is up to the developers to port the code on to Linux and then package it for Debian? If they are not prepared to do it, then it remains for someone else to take up the burden. Then an application has to be made to include the program in the Ubuntu Software Centre. And before it is allowed into the Software Centre it has to be code audited to make sure that it is safe to use.

The POV-Ray developers also provide officially-supported binaries for selected platforms (currently only Microsoft Windows, but expected to include OS X shortly).

So, no plans to port it to Linux. Do not hold your breath.


December 14th, 2013, 03:28 PM
As far as I know, POV-Ray 3.7 should compile on any POSIX-compliant system with the required tools (look in the Unix directory for more information):


March 18th, 2014, 11:06 AM
So, no plans to port it to Linux. Do not hold your breath.

That's not true. I've used POV-Ray under Linux for almost ten years. They are not releasing binaries for Linux, but this does not mean that the program can't happly be compiled under Linux:

https://github.com/POV-Ray/povray/bl...unix/README.md (https://github.com/POV-Ray/povray/blob/master/unix/README.md)