[arch-dev-public] Kingsoft Office License

Felix Yan felixonmars at gmail.com
Mon Mar 31 00:01:50 EDT 2014

On Tuesday, March 18, 2014 21:31:50 Allan McRae wrote:
> - 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
> our repos?
> - The terms indicate we are legally responsible to stop (e.g.) Manjaro
> redistributing this.
> - we have to comply with PRC export laws and restrict distribution by
> country
> Overall, that is a no from me.  It is a deb, so "packaging" is no burden
> for its users.
> Allan


I've got an updated license from Kingsoft, most of the problems should have 
been addressed (except for the PRC export laws problem, which doesn't seem to 
be avoidable, but should not be a problem if I read the laws correctly...)

I've updated the package in AUR to use their general-purpose tarball (.tar.xz 
file). And as for libpng12, they would provide it into the tarball if we were 
going to rip it out from [community] and [multilib], so the package is always 
self-contained and won't introduce any new dependency.

Link to the updated version: https://paste.xinu.at/cDX/

Disclaimer: I'm not working for Kingsoft in any form, or getting anything from 
them as return for the inclusion. The idea to add the office suite to our 
repos was suggested by someone else, and I like the idea because it fills in 
the blank for good MSO compatibility and good Chinese support.

For reference only: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10-things/10-reasons-why-kingsoft-office-is-better-than-the-competition/
(I don't mean that LibreOffice is bad, both the two tools can have their job 
done nicely. I don't want to start a war =P)

At the end, I'll respect your decision if you still think this idea not 
acceptable. I'm sorry for taking up so much time of yours.

Felix Yan
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