[Mageia-dev] Mageia repository sections, licenses, restrictions, firmware etc

Marc Paré marc at marcpare.com
Wed Oct 13 07:24:32 CEST 2010

Le 2010-10-13 01:14, Tux99 a écrit :
> On Wed, 13 Oct 2010, [UTF-8] Marc Paré wrote:
>> Le 2010-10-12 22:04, Tux99 a écrit :
>>> According to your logic that would mean we can't include ssh, openssl, pgp,
>>> and even https support in any browser.
>>> Does that seems reasonable to you?
>>> You need to face it, it would be impossible to make a distro that is legal
>>> in every country of the world and at the same time is of any use to the
>>> users.
>>> Therefore I don't see the need why we should comply with US patent laws
>>> when we don't comply with for example Chinese encryption laws.
>> All of your points are exactly what I am trying to point out and even
>> reinforce my concerns. These are all true. This is why, in my opinion,
>> the Mageia distro should not be installing all of these controversial
>> software packages by default.
> Are you seriously suggesting Mageia should produce a distro without ssh,
> openssl and even with all browsers stripped of https support?
> I can imagine how popular that would be with the majority of users...
>> This would then remove that layer of liability from the Mageia
>> project group. In my opinion, Mageia should be wary in wanting to
>> install a fully functioning distro if this means using software packages
>> that may get it into trouble (Mageia itself).
> But here lies the mistake in your reasoning. Mageia doesn't have to
> exclude all those packages, since the only liability Mageia has, is
> towards the French laws.
> So the sensible choice is to base the choice of packages to include on
> French law. It is up to the user to make sure he/she only installs and
> uses packages that are legal in his/her country.

Obviously running in circles here, I guess we both have our opinions and 
we let it rest at that.


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