[Mageia-dev] Mirror layout
Ernest N. Wilcox Jr.
ewilcox at bex.net
Mon Dec 13 08:44:21 CET 2010
Consideration of software patents and copyrights does not constitute implicit
support for them. It does however constitute explicit support for obediance of
the law. Like it or not, patent and copyright laws do exist in some countries
(especially the U.S.A. - my home), and it is our responsibility to take those
laws into considertion (whether we want to or not). Laws can not be changed by
ignoring them, only broken. People who break laws are criminals - no ifs,
ands, or buts, about it. If the Mageia community chooses to opeate as a
criminal organization, I will have nothing to do with it.
We are discussing whether to accomodate software patent and copyright law in
countries where it exists. I can see no way to avoud doing so. We can include
patented software in our distribution if we choose to do so (and I think we
should), but we must provide both mirror hosts and end users (including me) a
method of easily excluding such software. By doing so, we give our users and
supporters the freedom to choose to obey the law where they live and still use
or support our distribution.
As I see it, we already have a usable mirror lay-out (posted earlier in this
thread). The only real discussion that should remain is whether to include the
"tainted" branch in the official Mageia tree, or to offer it in an alternate
repository such as PLF (my earlier suggestion).
In either case, I do not believe that ALL patented (or Copyrighted) software
should be placed there (in the "tainted" branch). Some such software comes
with explicit permission to use (perhaps nVidia and/or ATI drivers?). In other
cases, we may be able to contact the patent or copyright holder and get
explicit permission to include their software in our distribution. In such
cases, we should be able to safely (for both our users and supporters) include
the patented / copyrighted software with the official branch of our
Ernest N. Wilcox Jr.
Registered Linux User 247790
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