Packages in Main/Universe I'm not allowed to modify ...

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at
Tue Sep 16 11:44:15 BST 2008

On Tuesday 16 September 2008 06:26, Oliver Grawert wrote:
> hi,
> On Di, 2008-09-16 at 06:15 -0400, Scott Kitterman wrote:
> > The problem is these packages are in Main/Universe because they can be
> > modified, but only if they are rebranded, so while they meet Ubuntu
> > licensing policy for Main/Universe, as a practical matter changes are
> > legally problematic.
> simply make your changes/fixes to the abrowser package then and the
> ubuntu mozilla team will ask upstream to move them ... :)

Right, in the case of Firefox/Iceweasel/Abrowser, I'd probably just submit 
patched to Debian (personally, I think abrowser is a largely pointless 
duplication of effort), but this isn't just about Firefox.  At the very least 
it affects all Mozilla branded packages and I assume others too.  I'd like to 
keep this separated from the particular package and discuss the policy.

My larger concern is stepping on a restriction I'm not aware of.  This isn't 
an issue for packages that are noticeably Mozilla packages.

Scott K

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