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Shakthi Kannan 01-16-2012 04:11 PM

Shipping only binaries for open source software
 
Hi,

I would like to know is there a way in Fedora to ship only binaries of
a free/open source software.

Upstream releases the sources under a free/open source software
license, but, would like one to register (for free) at their website
before downloading the source. They want to be able to track who
downloaded the sources.

So, would it be possible to ship such software as binaries in Fedora,
without "yumdownloader --source" providing the sources?

SK

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Stephen Gallagher 01-16-2012 05:24 PM

Shipping only binaries for open source software
 
On Mon, 2012-01-16 at 22:41 +0530, Shakthi Kannan wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I would like to know is there a way in Fedora to ship only binaries of
> a free/open source software.
>
> Upstream releases the sources under a free/open source software
> license, but, would like one to register (for free) at their website
> before downloading the source. They want to be able to track who
> downloaded the sources.
>
> So, would it be possible to ship such software as binaries in Fedora,
> without "yumdownloader --source" providing the sources?


If there is a restriction in their license that the sources MUST be
downloaded through their (free) paywall, then the sources probably
aren't actually using an acceptable open-source license.

If the license is actually appropriate, then there's no reason not to
ship the sources.

But it's never acceptable to ship something in Fedora without the
sources being available in a source RPM.
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"Darryl L. Pierce" 01-16-2012 05:43 PM

Shipping only binaries for open source software
 
On Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 10:41:01PM +0530, Shakthi Kannan wrote:
> I would like to know is there a way in Fedora to ship only binaries of
> a free/open source software.
<snip>

It's my understanding that shipping binary-only is not compatible with
Fedora's goals. Packages necessarily need to be buildable from source
code in order to be packaged for distribution. Unless it's firmware and
meets some very specific restrictions [1], it's probably ot going to
happen.

[1]
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Packaging:LicensingGuidelines#Binary_Firmware

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Stephen Gallagher 01-17-2012 12:39 PM

Shipping only binaries for open source software
 
On Tue, 2012-01-17 at 09:00 +0530, Shakthi Kannan wrote:
> Hi,
>
> --- On Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 1:01 AM, Frank Murphy <frankly3d@gmail.com> wrote:
> | Who are upstream?
> --
>
> Upstream does release their sources under the GPL license. They just
> want to know how many people downloaded it.
>
> http://esl.epfl.ch/3d-ice.html
>
> Thanks for all your feedback. Appreciate it!
>
> SK
>


I'd check with Legal on this one. According to
http://esl.epfl.ch/page-51743-en.html

"IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Any usage of 3D-ICE for research, commercial or
other purposes must be properly acknowledged in the resulting products
or publications. Specifically, the publications 1 and 2 below must be
cited in all cases."

This looks to me (IANAL) to be in direct violation of the GPL license.
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