Going forward [Re: Automatix?]

Alan McKinnon alan at linuxholdings.co.za
Thu Mar 30 14:05:36 UTC 2006

On Wednesday 29 March 2006 14:49, john wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 29, 2006 at 09:49:22AM +0700, Chanchao wrote:
> >  1 Ubuntu simply cannot distribute (support for) anything that is
> >    patented or otherwise not completely Free.
> I am not sure why this is is the case. Ubuntu distributes the
> Nvidia drivers which are not "completely Free". What is the
> argument against e.g. realplayer?

Because NVidia says this in their license:

"2.1.2 Linux Exception. Notwithstanding the foregoing terms of Section 
2.1.1, SOFTWARE designed exclusively for use on the Linux operating 
system may be copied and redistributed, provided that the binary 
files thereof are not modified in any way (except for unzipping of 
compressed files)."

And RealNetworks says this in their license:

"Helix DNA Technology Binary Research Use License

"REDISTRIBUTION NOT PERMITTED           <====================

"This Helix DNA Technology Binary Research
Use License ("License") is a legal agreement
between You and RealNetworks, Inc."

Alan McKinnon
alan at linuxholdings dot co dot za
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