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#1 2012-04-24 23:07:49

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[SOLVED] Packages: ask permission, follow rules

I want to learn how the ecosystem works.
Do you have to ask permission to make and distribute a package? (e.g. you have to ask the authors about it). Do you have to follow certain rules to make and distribute a package? (e.g. you can distribute a package only when its announce appears on an official website).
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#2 2012-04-24 23:35:42

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Re: [SOLVED] Packages: ask permission, follow rules

Hasn't anyone told you yet? It's all on the wiki ;-)


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#3 2012-04-24 23:42:09

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Re: [SOLVED] Packages: ask permission, follow rules

While it is on the wiki, the right search term might be elusive to someone new to the "*nix ecosystem".

Check out the Licenses page.  Your question depends on the specific license of the package in question, but you will find that most packages in the *nix world are under a couple of these licenses which are very similar for what you are asking.

Is there a specific peice of software you are thinking about?


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#4 2012-04-25 10:44:00

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Re: [SOLVED] Packages: ask permission, follow rules

Trilby wrote:

While it is on the wiki, the right search term might be elusive to someone new to the "*nix ecosystem".

Check out the Licenses page.  Your question depends on the specific license of the package in question, but you will find that most packages in the *nix world are under a couple of these licenses which are very similar for what you are asking.

Is there a specific peice of software you are thinking about?

I apologize, I will check the Wiki right now.
I was thinking about Firefox in particularly.
Thank you

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#5 2012-04-25 14:03:20

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Re: [SOLVED] Packages: ask permission, follow rules

work wrote:

I apologize, I will check the Wiki right now.
I was thinking about Firefox in particularly.
Thank you

Firefox allows redistribution with one major catch: They do not allow you to use the official name/branding, if you build a package from source, unless you have prior consent from them. (this is why arch packaged firefox without the branding for quite a long time)


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#6 2012-05-08 21:45:14

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Re: [SOLVED] Packages: ask permission, follow rules

Mr.Elendig wrote:

Firefox allows redistribution with one major catch: They do not allow you to use the official name/branding, if you build a package from source, unless you have prior consent from them. (this is why arch packaged firefox without the branding for quite a long time)

I read this topic https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=115687
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#7 2012-10-09 08:32:29

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Re: [SOLVED] Packages: ask permission, follow rules

Hello,
I'm sorry for the double post, I hope it's better than opening a new thread.
Now I would want to know: what about [flashplugin]? Did you ask for permission to redistribute it?
Thank you

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#8 2012-10-09 14:09:48

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Re: [SOLVED] Packages: ask permission, follow rules

adobe allows redistribution of flashplugin


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#9 2012-10-10 07:21:43

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Re: [SOLVED] Packages: ask permission, follow rules

Mr.Elendig wrote:

adobe allows redistribution of flashplugin

Thank you for the info

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