[Mageia-dev] Question about mysql-workbench documentation license

andre999 andre999mga at laposte.net
Thu Nov 22 12:51:30 CET 2012

Juan Luis Baptiste a écrit :
> On Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 11:20 PM, Juan Luis Baptiste <juancho at mageia.org
> <mailto:juancho at mageia.org>> wrote:
>     On Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 12:54 AM, andre999 <andre999mga at laposte.net
>     <mailto:andre999mga at laposte.net>> wrote:
>         An alternate approach would be to package and distribute the
>         documentation separately (as nonfree).  Oracle permits this as
>         long as it is only available on the same media or sites as
>         mysql-workbench -- which concurs with our current practices.
>         Then the mysql-workbench package itself would still be GPL.
>         So I'd go for the second option.
>         Maybe adding a comment in the mysql-workbench description
>         indicating that due to licensing restrictions, the documentation
>         is available in non-free.
> Giving it a second thought, I think this isn't a good idea because if I
> split the documentation into a separate package that would mean that I
> would need to have mysql-workbench sources also in the documentation
> package to be able to build it. And looking more closely at the Fedora
> patch, they remove the documentation but patch the program to open the
> online version of the documentation. IMO, if we can't include the doc in
> the same mysql-workbench package then the online approach is better.
> --
> Juancho

Online would work, but personally I don't like online documentation, as 
it ends up being downloaded every time it is referred to.

I like your idea of giving a suggest if the documentation is in a 
separate package.
As for as packaging the documentation, you could always download it 
directly from Oracle if that is easier.

I don't see why you would need mysql-workbench sources in the 
documentation package.
Oracle only requires that the documentation, to be redistributed, is 
presented on an iso or web site where mysql-workbench is *also* 
available.  (Whether or not in the same package.)

Our mirror policy says that an official mirror must carry core and 
nonfree.  (We have no control over or responibility for non-official 
And our isos don't have nonfree documentation.  (But if they did, we 
could always ensure that the documentation package would only be 
included if the software package were also included.)

So where-ever we put the documentation package (in nonfree), there will 
also be the mysql-workbench package (in core), which satisfies Oracles 

Regards :)


More information about the Mageia-dev mailing list