request: can somebody please port googleearth-package to fedora?

Toshio Kuratomi a.badger at
Thu Feb 7 02:29:30 UTC 2008

Andrew Farris wrote:
>> On 07/02/2008, Douglas McClendon <dmc.fedora at> 
>> wrote:
>>> Christopher Brown wrote:
>>>> On 07/02/2008, Douglas McClendon <dmc.fedora at> 
>>>> wrote:
>>>>> I've been meaning to do this myself for a long time, but I've just 
>>>>> got a
>>>>> lot of other higher priorities.  I don't suppose I could implore 
>>>>> someone
>>>>> else into doing the work for me?  Shouldn't be real hard.
>>>>> Wouldn't it be cool to be able to append a teeny little kickstart
>>>>> postscript, and then end up with a livecd or system that has GE
>>>>> installed for all users?
>>>> It doesn't have an open source license so can't be included in Fedora
>>>> of course. Which makes it OT for this list IMO.
>>> I suspect this is a point you understand, but for the sake of clarity
>>> I'll highlight-
>>> The "googleearth-package" package/.deb/[theoretical .rpm], absolutely
>>> DOES have an open source license.
>>> What the _tool_ that it _provides_, does, is to generate a
>>> non-open-source rpm from a simple commandline invocation and network 
>>> access.
>>> Please, it's fine if you don't want to be the one to do this, but from a
>>> legal and open-source perspective, I think that
>>> googleearth-package*.[s]rpm belongs in fedora just as much as the
>>> current .deb belongs in debian.
I'm not so certain of your assertion that this belongs in fedora is 
true.  The script that Hans de Goede wrote to do roughly the same thing 
for game content is pretty controversial and that has the benefit of 
downloading closed content for an open source engine.  Having something 
that does the same for GoogleEarth which is a closed source engine 
working with closed data could very well cross the line.

> Well I don't know why you couldn't, but I think what livna is doing in 
> this area is a superior solution anyway.


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