Shipping only binaries for open source software
On Mon, 2012-01-16 at 22:41 +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.
> 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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