[arch-dev-public] Kingsoft Office License
allan at archlinux.org
Tue Mar 18 07:31:50 EDT 2014
On 18/03/14 18:34, Felix Yan wrote:
> I recently received a license from Kingsoft to redistribute the office
> productivity suite "kingsoft-office", and I want your opinion about if it
> looks good to us, or if any modifications have to be made.
> The product is an office suite written in C++ and Qt, including three
> components: Writer, Spreadsheets and Presentation. From my own experience, it
> has very good compatibility with Microsoft Office (much better than
> LibreOffice, especially with newer formats like .docx files), and have
> attracted 138 votes on AUR too .
> Within the past one year, I've been trying and pushing them for this license,
> and it's finally here.
> One more thing that has to be noted is, as the native 64-bit version of
> kingsoft-office has been (temporarily, I hope) removed from their development
> cycle, we have to ship the 32-bit version in [multilib] for x86_64 systems.
> Luckily this won't introduce more packages as all the lib32-* dependencies it
> needs are already in [multilib].
> Below I'll paste the full text of the license. A .doc version
> (the rich text version directly from Kingsoft) can be downloaded here:
>  https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/kingsoft-office
- Distributed as a deb file
- Requires libpng12 (why is that in [community]...)
- I don't trust licenses with multiple obvious typos
- Is linking at runtime "integrating" with other software
- Are dontations to Arch counted as us making a profit from having it in
- The terms indicate we are legally responsible to stop (e.g.) Manjaro
- we have to comply with PRC export laws and restrict distribution by
Overall, that is a no from me. It is a deb, so "packaging" is no burden
for its users.
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