[Mageia-dev] Mirror layout

Anssi Hannula anssi.hannula at iki.fi
Fri Dec 10 12:55:01 CET 2010

Just some smallish notes regarding other distros..

On 10.12.2010 12:22, andre999 wrote:
> Debian uses the same names main, contrib, non-free, with explicit policy
> close to Mandriva practices.
> In the same policy page, they say that patent-contrained software goes
> into non-free, then further down they say that it can be excluded.
> http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ch-archive.html

Interesting.. this doesn't seem to correspond to reality (they have e.g.
ffmpeg with patent-constrained codecs enabled).

> Fedora package acceptance policy is explicitly dictated by RedHat.
> Includes only free packages (thus excluding redistributable drivers),
> plus excludes legally constrained packages.
> Fedora is the only distro reviewed here which does not accept non-free
> packages.

They allow non-free firmware:

> However, given that RedHat sells their versions of Linux (with support),
> one could question the motivation of the Fedora policy.

Anssi Hannula

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