Vendor only distributable packages - was " Kernel 2059 from Dave Jones fixes nvidia.ko loading"

jharnish at jharnish at
Tue Mar 21 14:51:23 UTC 2006

Why can't there be a virtual yum repo?  

[Third Party]
flash-plugin...rpm ->
vmware-player...rpm ->

This way you are not redistributing it but you are pointing to the original at the vendor's location.  Gentoo does something similar but they embed a script that pulls the tarball down and installs it on the user's machine without intervention. 

This probably needs to go to the Yum group.


-----Original Message-----
From: Alan Cox [mailto:alan at] 
Sent: Tuesday, March 21, 2006 9:37 AM
To: For testers of Fedora Core development releases
Subject: Re: Kernel 2059 from Dave Jones fixes nvidia.ko loading

On Mon, Mar 20, 2006 at 06:48:43PM +0100, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
> > I'd really like to see them there, too. But the question remains even
> > for livna: Is vmware player repackageable and redistributeable?
> since when does livna care about license issues?

Since it was created. It just (as a non US organisation) doesn't care about
half baked and international treaty violating software patent rules that don't
apply in the countries in which it operates.

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