[arch-dev-public] Moonlight in Arch Linux

Aaron Griffin aaronmgriffin at gmail.com
Tue Dec 22 13:43:56 EST 2009

On Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 12:14 PM, Pierre Schmitz <pierre at archlinux.de> wrote:
> On Tue, 22 Dec 2009 11:40:28 -0600, Aaron Griffin
> <aaronmgriffin at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> As for the "Who care's what patent problems it might have in the US?"
>> part - I care. US users care. US mirrors care.
> The point is that once we care about patents we'll have to remove a lot of
> packages like openssl, mpeg/mp4 stuff, libdvdcss and who knows what else.
> It's virtually impossible to distribute software without patent issues. But
> there concern sound very much like we only care about patents when its from
> the evil microsoft company. So we should either care about patents with all
> its consequences or we should simply ignore them.

Well, it's always a razor's edge with this stuff. Considering
moonlight is NOT currently in the repos, and really only covers a
handful of users, the added issues due to potential legal action is
too much. If we're balancing the cost/benefit thing here, I don't
think the benefit is enough, especially considering it's downloadble
from Novell without the potential of legal action.

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