Re: What we plan to do with licensed programs [was Re: Software piracy problem [ was: mandriva 2011 rc2 ]]
Johnny A. Solbu <cooker <at> solbu.net>
2011-08-01 08:52:07 GMT
On Mandag 1. august 2011 08:04, Viacheslav Kaloshin wrote:
> and make additional repository for "non-free-not-permitted" packages. All "bad" packages will be
transferred to that repo.
What's wrong with using the non-free tree which currently exist, or move it to PLF?
All you have to do is Not include anything from this in the Free edition and only include it in Powerpack,
which I understand is what has been done in all previous releases.
> In final, we get "pure and clean" iso, no any legal problem with mirrors and users in some countries.
All you had to do was to state this earlier, and we might perhaps have avoided this discussion.
On the other hand the discussion might have been usefull anyway. =
Also, on the previous releases this was the only downloadable ISOs anyway (FREE and ONE). Many of us didn't
understand why we now would start including Non-free software in the upcomming release. Just because
someone couldn't get Flash to work out of the box is no excuse to start including a Non-free Flashplayer in
the default release.
Having Nonfree software in a supposedly Free distribution is why many switch to other distributions, like
Debian or Mageia. If this hadn't been resolved before the final release, I would have no choice but to
recommend my friends and family to move away from Mandriva as it clearly no longer was a Free Sofrware
distibution. There is a diference in having a Non-free branch in the repositories/mirrors and including
those branches in the default install. By forcing the user to manually having to enable the Non-free tree
you also help many users. They have to make a choise on having a system with only Free Software or "tainting"
their systems with Non-free software.
Also, by reading the subject it seems that you believe that most of the software in Mandriva does not have a
license. That is not so. Remember that the GNU GPL is a license which heavily depend on Copyright
protection, just like Microsofts EULAs. Don't fall into the trap of only considering proprietary
software as licensed software. =