[arch-dev-public] GPL Compliance: A beginning

Aaron Griffin aaronmgriffin at gmail.com
Fri May 23 12:22:34 EDT 2008

On Fri, May 23, 2008 at 6:44 AM, James Rayner <iphitus at iphitus.org> wrote:
> On Thu, May 22, 2008 at 7:56 AM, Thayer Williams <thayer at archlinux.org> wrote:
>> On 5/21/08, Aaron Griffin <aaronmgriffin at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>  However, now that you mentioned swt, it brings up a good point. We
>>>  can't do this for things like flashplugin just yet. So, should I
>>>  create some sort of list of packages to NEVER generate sources for?
>> I think it would be a good idea to implement a blacklist. A lot of
>> factors may warrant its use (size, license, version, etc.)
> It's a script, so you could just source the PKGBUILD and check the
> license=() variable for GPL.

I don't check that on purpose. Our non-GPL licensed packages are
fairly small compared to the GPL ones, and these source things
actually have some utility: it allows anyone to build a package
entirely offline.

I think it'd be better to blacklist this stuff than to whitelist licenses.

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