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

Marc Paré marc at marcpare.com
Wed Oct 13 18:35:13 CEST 2010

Le 2010-10-13 12:14, herman a écrit :
>> Le 2010-10-13 10:58, Olivier Méjean a écrit :
>>> Le mercredi 13 octobre 2010 16:49:35, Marc Paré a écrit :
>>>> Le 2010-10-13 10:29, Olivier Méjean a écrit :
>>>>> Le mercredi 13 octobre 2010 15:44:27, Sinner from the Prairy a écrit :
>>>>>> Marc Paré wrote:
>>>>>>> I think pre-selected Country installs would just be too hard to
>>>>>>> coordinate, laws change. Free and non-free is pretty simple.
> My tuppence worth:
> Mageia should not distribute non-Free code.  However, Mageia could
> provide a wizard to enable users to easily install audio and video
> codecs and utilities from online repositories at Zarb.org.  That way, it
> is the responsibility of the user to check his own legal status.

However, in this case, Mageia would be complicit in the installation 
process. IMHO, I think that if the information on how/where to get the 
information on how to install these missing pieces were available to the 
user, this would be a safer legal route.

> The Mandriva install system does not make it easy enough.  It requires
> that a user figure out which codecs and stuff he needs, which is a kind
> of a black art.  I have done it many times, but it is painful.

Yes, I have always seen this as a communication problem from the 
Mandriva documentation. However, it did fit the "at arm's length" legal 
definition of the installation of these pieces of software. That is to 
mean that Mandriva, in this case, was not complicit in the installation 
of that particular software. It was clearly a user decision to install them.


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