[arch-dev-public] steam in our repos?
danielwallace at gtmanfred.com
Thu Nov 15 00:26:31 EST 2012
On Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 06:23:02AM +0100, Pierre Schmitz wrote:
> Am 15.11.2012 06:04, schrieb Daniel Wallace:
> > On Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 05:56:57AM +0100, Pierre Schmitz wrote:
> >> Hi all,
> >> I just noticed that steam was put into the multilib repo. It's
> >> unfortunate that such questionable packages are brought into our repos
> >> without any discussion (similar case are the catalyst drivers).
> >> My concern is it's license here. We modify and redistribute steam here
> >> which is probably not allowed according to 1.B of steam's license. So
> >> unless I am wrong here or there is a written permission from Valve
> >> please remove this package asap.
> >> PS: It would be great if people would send a mail to this list before
> >> they add random packages; especially if they don't have a free license.
> >> Greetings,
> >> Pierre
> >> --
> >> Pierre Schmitz, https://pierre-schmitz.com
> > I read through the entire license. It seemed ok to me but as I am not
> > a lawyer I emailed them to request permission first to redistribute the
> > package in community/multilib.
> > Only after contacting 2 people at Valve, both of whom told me that
> > it would be ok to package and distribute steam, did I move it into the
> > repositores
> This is fine by me then. Would still be good to discuss such matters
> beforehand in the future. Could you forward these mails to me so I can
> post them on the private list? I do believe you, but in worst case it'll
> be better if more than one person has access to such information. (afaik
> we handled packages for the nvidia driver and adobe flash in a similar
> Maybe we should ask if they would make their license more clear. E.g. I
> don't see how the following paragraph permits redistribution:
> "You may not, in whole or in part: copy, photocopy, reproduce,
> translate, reverse engineer (with the exception of specific
> where such act is permitted by law), derive source code, modify,
> disassemble, decompile, or create derivative works based on the
> remove any proprietary notices or labels on the Program; or attempt in
> manner to circumvent any security measures designed to control access
> the Program."
> Pierre Schmitz, https://pierre-schmitz.com
email sent, I will keep that in mind in the future.
Archlinux Trusted User (gtmanfred)
Georgia Institute of Technology
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