AcrobatReader: A bug or intentionally?
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Wed Apr 25 14:19:07 BST 2007
Mark Wallace wrote:
[please don't top post - how can we have a conversation that way?]
> I don't think that I got point accross. The links that you include refer
> open source software. I was trying to say that Adobe Reader isn't made
> available under the GPL license. It is available under the proprietary
> license for free.
I still don't think you've got the point across - I can't figure it out,
> It is not illegal for a software writer to provide software under a
> license other than GPL.
No, but it's contrary to Ubuntu's principles to provide non-free software in
its archives (it doesn't have to be GPL, but it has to be a Free license).
Some non-free software has been included for specific functions in either
multiverse or restricted, but it is under agreement with the providers.
Acrobat apparently _can't_ be distributed that way.
> Sun Java upgrades also have a dialogue box, I think, because the Linux
> verson of Sun java is also copyrighted by them
It is, it's currently non-free, but Sun has specifically agreed to allow
Ubuntu to distribute it. Sun-java only fairly recently was put in the
multiverse repository, because they didn't originally allow others to
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