[CentOS] A minor beef
tim at registriesltd.com.au
Mon Nov 28 02:05:29 UTC 2005
Bryan J. Smith wrote:
> Many Debian-based distros include Java, Multimedia, ProDVD, etc...
> Gentoo gets around some of these by not storing the software on-site,
> although I've found them guilty of redistributing licenses as well as
> source code from their repository they do not have the right to do.
There's nothing necessarily illegal about having Java or Flash.
The Java licence lets you distribute it under certain conditions
(http://www.java.com/en/download/license.jsp) and Macromedia allows you
to apply to distribute their software
I find it hard to believe that Ubuntu, Suse, Mandriva, etc. who all
distribute Flash and Java packages are illegal. With any of those
distros, including Ubuntu, you do have to add extra repositories to get
multimedia codecs and DVD playback - they are not in the main
repositories. I just don't buy the idea that Centos/RHEL and Debian are
the only 'legal' distros out there.
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