issues using proprietary drivers from open source

Robie Basak robie.basak at
Thu Nov 26 22:57:03 UTC 2015

Hi Sanford,

If your goal is to get this packaged in Ubuntu, then the recommended
route to doing that currently is by getting it packaged in Debian. And
for that, there's the debian-legal list[1] that might help you get
Debian's opinion on the legal question involved here.

But, as always, different people (and therefore different projects) can
often come to a different opinion when it comes to edge cases. The only
thing that can say for certain is a court, and that's only if a rights
owner takes exception to what you're doing and even then the outcome
might differ depending on jurisdiction. So you could go with what
debian-legal says for Debian inclusion, but have you considered just
asking AMD for clarification and/or permission?

Ultimately what matters is whether a given project considers it
acceptable for inclusion, of course. If Debian agrees, then the default
position in Ubuntu is to follow that decision and include it.




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