[arch-dev-public] Adding {lib32-}libtxc_dxtn_s2tc in community/multilib

Gaetan Bisson bisson at archlinux.org
Mon Dec 17 19:46:14 EST 2012

[2012-12-17 11:21:50 +0100] Pierre Schmitz:
> The only thing we can care about is the license. If it's free software
> or we have permission to distribute it, I don't see any problem here.

Sure; why bother abiding by the law? You may live in Germany but what
you do on overseas servers such as gerolde still falls under US law.

> If
> we would accept software patents as valid we would not be able to ship
> any package.

Not all patents are equal: many are obvious trolls (easy to invalidate,
e.g. because of existing prior art); some however are serious. How do we
spot these? Well, by doing the least we can do: listening to upstream...

If a specific piece of software is subject to sufficient patent doubt
for upstream developers to bother coming up with a less encumbered
version, it seems plain unreasonable not to go for the latter...


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