[ubuntu-uk] repo in a box

Alan Pope alan at popey.com
Mon Jun 4 11:16:48 BST 2007

Hi Andy,

On Mon, Jun 04, 2007 at 11:05:54AM +0100, Andy wrote:
> On 04/06/07, Alan Pope <alan at popey.com> wrote:
> > 1) Licensing - would it be 100% legal to redistribute the entire (main,
> > restricted, multiverse, universe) repository?
> Not sure about "restricted" and "mutliverse", but "main" and
> "universe" should be safe.
> And some of the stuff in multiverse is probably safe, some of it's
> only in there due to some stupid countries that have software patents

Would this mean a list of "safe to send to" countries would need to be 

> > 2) Cost - it would need to be less than the cost of capped broadband -
> > although for those people with no opportunity to get broadband this might
> > not be a problem :)
> How much do the disks weigh?

200 odd grammes, plus the packaging and usb cable.

> > 4) Trust: Would a customer trust that the disk really does contain the repo
> > and not some nasty spyware etc.
> If it's an apt repo isn't the integrity of the package verified by
> digital signature?

They are if you get them from a "deb http" source, but I am not sure it 
would if you (the user) uses "deb file" to load directly from the USB disk.
Of course they could put the USB disk on their intranet - then apt would 
moan about the site because it's not where the files came from iirc.


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