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

Olivier Thauvin nanardon at nanardon.zarb.org
Mon Oct 18 02:25:59 CEST 2010

* Olivier Méjean (omejean at yahoo.fr) wrote:
> So is Mageia a community project or not ?
> Then when we will talk about Marketing stuff we will follow only marketing 
> group opinions ?
> Of course their views count, but there is a difference between the 
> responsability of Mageia association that must comply with French Laws and 
> mirrors admins that must comply with the laws of the country the mirror is 
> located. OpenBSD project is located in Canada to avoid some US law about 
> restriction for export (meanwhile for example Red Hat has a policy for its 
> employees not to answer by IRC to demand from an user located in countries 
> that are under export restriction due to US law)
> If the structure of the repos need to be adapted so one part can be not 
> mirrored in certain countries that could be a solution (let's call it export-
> restriction)
> I do quite accept that Fedora, OpenSuse, Debian comply with US Law since there 
> are located in the USA, thus accepting their policy about software patents. I 
> would like that the same occurs for Mageia that is located in France.

Since I am in charge of mirrors management I think I have some thing to
said about this:

- adapting the mirror structure is not so easy. There is technical part
  to think, especially how do you plan in practice to separate packages
with legal issues and make this understable by someone who just
want to create a mirror without having specific knowledge about internal
Mageia working ? Mirrors admin don't know all the distribution they host,
they just know rsync command line.

- We don't choose the location of mirrors, we can only accept help from
  mirror admin accepting to host us. According the expected size of our
tree, I do think it is on our side to do something except if you plan to
deny us to be distributed by half the only mirror sable to host such

Ho ! I hadn't time to announce it yet but Ibiblio agreed to be Tier1,
bad news, they are located in USA.

Finally, since I am the admin of our first Tier1, I'd really like if the
Mageia project could avoid to me some discuss with ou network administrators,
or worst, to cops.


Olivier Thauvin
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