Why questions don't get answered, or "No, I've already RTFM, tell me the answer!"

David G. Miller (aka DaveAtFraud) dave at davenjudy.org
Sat Dec 31 17:49:31 UTC 2005

debian at herakles.homelinux.org wrote:

> Craig White wrote:
>> Things like flash player, though free are not open source and are
>> available in binary format only which creates an issue if distributed in
>> conjunction with software that is GPL license.
> Please, research this point and show is what the problem is.
> I believe there is not problem distributing GPL and non-free software 
> as part of the same collation.
> The problem Red Hat has is that it cannot support flash, java and 
> such. Red Hat got burned with CDE some years ago; I imagine this is a 
> factor in its current attitude. Other vendors do distribute varying 
> amounts of closed-source software.
>> Then there are patent issues as Rahul suggested with things like audio
>> and video codecs/formats which could present a sticky wicket for a
>> distribution.
> I wonder how many Americans know what a sticky wicket is?
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See the thread on finding a replacement for pine and why pine isn't 
included with Fedora.  The problem isn't so much one of distributing 
both open source and closed source so much as not distributing software 
that doesn't have a license that the Fedora packagers feel they can live 
with.  This is usually worse for closed source but there are open source 
programs such as pine that don't meet the criteria.

I'm also guessing that there is a level of not wanting to include any 
software that might be legally encumbered that makes including closed 
source especially problematic.  If nothing else, any such program that 
isn't freely redistributable means someone within the Fedora 
organization has to go off and research the license and possibly 
negotiate a means for including the closed source program in Fedora.  
I'm thinking the Fedora folks have better things to do with their time 
and there is nothing to stop any of us users from deciding we can 
individually live with somebody's closed source licensing terms.


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