[Mageia-dev] rehashing the faac issue

Guillaume Rousse guillomovitch at gmail.com
Tue Oct 2 10:03:46 CEST 2012

Hello list.

The case of faac package has been discussed several times already:

So far, the conclusion was than we had no perfect solution to handle the 
case of a software being having both licensing and patents issue, 
whereas usually software only suffer from one of these problems only, 
and than creating a dedicated 4th repository was unreasonable. Hence the 
removal of the package from the mirrors (but not from our svn...).

Given the importance of this package for several multimedia-related 
software (it is a mandatory dependency for cinerella, for instance), I 
think it's time to revisit this decision, and rather look for a 
pragmatic solution rather than a merely bureaucratic one. So far, I 
didn't see anything in the line of "we don't want to distribute it", 
rather "we don't know how to do it"...

For me, the simplest solution is just to decide between non-free and 
tainted repository where this piece of code fits better (or sucks less), 
eventually document the exception somewhere on the wiki, and stop 
getting blocked eternally by our own rules...
BOFH excuse #132:

SCSI Chain overterminated

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