[CentOS] A minor beef

Bryan J. Smith thebs413 at earthlink.net
Mon Nov 28 01:17:17 UTC 2005

On Mon, 2005-11-28 at 11:49 +1100, Tim Edwards wrote:
> Just out of interest what do Debian,

Debian does _not_.  Debian actually has stricter guidelines than Red Hat
on a few things marking them "NON-FREE", although they do adhere to the
same guidelines on software that creators mark as "non-redistributable"

You have to tap 3rd party Debian repositories, which then results in
repository hell.  But at least with the official Debian repositories,
I'm getting redistributable software.

[ I.e., I professionally deploy Debian as well as Fedora/RHEL/CentOS ]

> Ubuntu and others distribute that is illegal?

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.

> And even if they do how does having illegal software help get around
> repository problems?

Because you only need to go to the _official_ repository.  That avoids
repository mixing and the resulting "repository hell."

Bryan J. Smith   mailto:b.j.smith at ieee.org
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