Packages in Main/Universe I'm not allowed to modify ...
ubuntu at kitterman.com
Mon Sep 15 22:03:14 BST 2008
This is not directly about the current Firefox EULA debacle, but that is what
got me thinking about this topic.
As an Ubuntu developer, I am not allowed to patch Firefox and upload it
because of the Trademark restrictions. I think that's unfortunate, but I
agree it's currently allowed under Ubuntu policy.
As I have thought about this, I am concerned that there are packages for which
this is the case that I'm not aware of. When I work on a package in Main or
Universe, I assume it's FOSS and I have a legal right to modify and
distribute it. I do not make a habit of reviewing debian/copyright each time
I work on a package and I suspect I'm not alone in this.
If we're going to allow packages such as this in our primary archives, then I
think there needs to be a reference list somewhere that developers can use to
see which packages they cannot touch.
Consider this a pre-discussion of a proposed change in Ubuntu policy. If
there is some consensus around something like this, I'll gather up the ideas
and propose a diff to Ubuntu Policy.
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