Re: [Fedora-legal-list] CAcert.org license
by Tom Callaway
On Tue, 2008-12-09 at 23:03 +0100, Matthias Saou wrote:
> > >>>>> "TC" == Tom \"spot\" Callaway <Tom> writes:
> > TC> Given that it does not give permission for us to redistribute (the
> > TC> cornerstone requirement for Content licenses), this license is not
> > TC> acceptable for Fedora.
> > I guess I'm glad I looked before approving the package, but I have to
> > wonder: Do the cacert folks actually want anyone to use their
> > certificates? I mean, this prevents basically everyone from using
> > them, because they can't come with the OS or the browser.
> Personally, the more I read the document, the more I'm confused.
> "You may NOT distribute certificates or root keys under this
> licence"... does this mean we can distribute under a different license?
Well, sortof. The wording here is strange because you can get a
different license from the CA issuer. We can't just pick a license, but
the CA issuer might be willing to give us a different one.
> Would it be worth getting in contact with CAcert.org in order to try
> and have them allow us to redistribute the root certs under conditions
> which are acceptable to the Fedora Project?
Probably, yes. :)
7 years, 1 month
by T.C. Hollingsworth
winetricks  is free software, but I was originally under the
impression that it was ineligible for inclusion in Fedora because it
is used primarily to download and install non-free software. (That is
not it's only function, though--it also does some registry hacks and
can manage multiple WINEPREFIXes.)
However, some members of the community disagree  and say that it
might be eligible for Fedora, so we'd like confirmation one way or the
7 years, 7 months
Blessing Request on a Modified LGPL v2.1
by Jeff Backus
I am working on a package that I hope will be incorporated into Fedora
for a window manager called Notion. Notion is based on a window manager
by called Ion3 and is released the same license that Ion3 was released
under. This license is version 2.1 of the LGPL with (what I perceive to
be) slight modifications. These modifications place restrictions on
derivative packages to prevent them from being confused with Ion3.
The project home page is here:
The LICENSE file can be found here:
Is this license sufficiently open to meet Fedora's requirements? Am I
correct in understanding that the packages License: field should say
"LGPLv2 with exceptions"?
Thanks in advance!
9 years, 4 months
Trademark issue: "ubuntu" in package name
by Sandro Mani
I've got a pending review request for "ubuntu-keyring" (see ) where
the reviewer correctly pointed out that there may be a trademark issue
with the package name containing the word "ubuntu". I've tried
contacting Canonical to ask whether we are allowed to use ubuntu in
package names, but they have not replied to date (inquiry was sent 10
days ago). This potential trademark issue also affects the package
"ubuntu-title-fonts", see .
I would like to ask whether anyone here has already dealt with a
precedent issue of this kind, and if so how such issues were resolved.
Specifically, maybe someone has already approached Canonical for such
9 years, 5 months
Hosting Fedora cloud images
by Richard W.M. Jones
I want to host some Fedora cloud images on a website for people to
download. These are constructed using a kickstart which just installs
@Core into a VM, as simple as it gets.
To comply with licensing, I was planning to point people who wanted
source back to Fedora, since we don't make any modifications. Also I
will publish the kickstart file and the short (20 line) shell script
that makes the images.
However the question arises if we need to do anything else from a
licensing / providing source / other legal point of view?
For example, is it a problem that Fedora deletes old SRPMs?
Is it a problem if we don't host the source ourselves?
Does the trademark exception cover our (non-commercial, community)
offering, assuming I comply with the required terms here?
Basically, in the words of Donald Rumsfeld, are there any "unknown
unknowns" I should be aware of?
Richard Jones, Virtualization Group, Red Hat http://people.redhat.com/~rjones
Fedora Windows cross-compiler. Compile Windows programs, test, and
build Windows installers. Over 100 libraries supported.
9 years, 5 months