Announcing rpmfusion

Rahul Sundaram sundaram at
Tue Sep 11 20:07:55 UTC 2007

Jesse Keating wrote:
> On Tue, 11 Sep 2007 20:02:40 +0000 (UTC)
> Kevin Kofler <kevin.kofler at> wrote:
>> Rahul Sundaram <sundaram <at>> writes:
>>> Thanks for this split. Hopefully we will able to link to the free
>>> part from within Fedora.  
>> Unfortunately I don't think you will be able to. The stuff in the
>> free part (or most of it, at least) is going to be exactly the stuff
>> which Legal is most uncomfortable with: Free Software, but
>> patent-encumbered in the US.
> And really, if we could reference it, then why the crap couldn't we
> just package it in our repo?

There is a lot of differences between pointing to the repository and 
including the packages directly as I already explained in Fedora 
Advisory Board list so I won't rehash all the arguments again now. 
Please read the releated threads if you missed it. In short, it is not 
possible to include patent-encumbered packages directly in the 
repository as long as it hosted in US. Pointing to it might very well be 


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