Why is Fedora not a Free GNU/Linux distributions?

Kevin Kofler kevin.kofler at chello.at
Tue Jul 15 17:37:48 UTC 2008

Alexandre Oliva <aoliva <at> redhat.com> writes:
> If you find any such problems in BLAG 80000 (never formally released)
> or BLAG 90000 (released easier today), please report them.

Here's some I found at a quick glance:

Yes, it says it's GPLv2. Now try looking at the "source code"... See also the 
Fedora review request (where I raised that point, wondering if this is legal to 
redistribute at all):

Claims to be GPLv2, but only the firmware loader is GPLv2 (actually dual GPLv2 
or BSD). The package also contains firmware files (in /lib/firmware) under the 
following license:
> The firmware files (*.ihx) are copyrighted by Midiman, and can be used
> and redistributed only as part of this package.

pdftk was dropped from Fedora for licensing reasons:
The files have since been fixed not to claim to be "confidential and 
proprietary", but the new license is still not acceptable because it forbids 
use in a nuclear facility. If this is not Free enough for Fedora, how come it 
is Free enough for BLAG?

Kept the best one for the end. Does this really need a comment?

        Kevin Kofler

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