Packages in Main/Universe I'm not allowed to modify ...
scott at open-vote.org
Tue Sep 16 04:10:12 BST 2008
Scott Kitterman wrote:
> 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.
> Scott K
I think the exceptions are few enough that we could probably code some
package-specific rejection notification and then keep a list on the wiki
somewhere. Nothing too fancy would be needed.
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