pkg-non-free

Package non-free

This page include a list of the software that isn't free software. We thank you, if you collaborate, but we thank more if you collaborate in the respect of the table. Note that there is no need to mention software here that is not in the main component of Ubuntu, as Gobuntu will not ship anything outside that component. Non-free software in main should be moved to restricted.

Additionally, all software in universe component should be free software, and if not, should be moved to multiverse.

At the current point of time, Gobuntu's definition of free software has not been entirely clarified (see note about software patents in the bottom part of the page) yet however many seem to think it logical that the definition should follow closely with Debian (The OS Ubuntu is based on). The 'what is Gobuntu' webpage says "Gobuntu... endeavors to adhere to the Free Software Foundations four freedoms and intends to provide a base for other free software platforms to build upon with minimal modification required". Compare the idea of restricted usage because of software patent laws in specific countries, but otherwise completely Free code, vs. simpler non-free because the code does not fill the freedom definitions from FSF, OSI or DFSG.

The table is composed as follows:

Name of Software

Submitter

Cause of Submit

Please, put the software in alphabetical order.

Please, cite a reference for the "Cause of Submit".

Package to remove

Name of Software

Submitter

Cause of Submit

Package to replace

Name of old Software

Name of new Software

Submitter

Cause of Submit

firefox

Epiphany or IceCat

ZX227

The Charlton Company & Mozilla trademark restrictions on Firefox icon

Flash Plugin

Gnash

HennR

If you visit youtube or something that requieres flash, you still get the option to install flash or gnash.

thunderbird

IceDove

ZX227

Mozilla trademark restrictions on Thunderbird icon

Package to check

Name of Software

Submitter

Cause of Submit

Packages with possible patent problems

Software patents are a threat, but they don't make a software non-free as such. Software patents are legal only in some countries, and it can be argued that the software patent system is so flawed that it impossible to create any software without possibly violating some patent. The following packages are examples of packages which have been reported because of potential patent-related problems:

Name of Software

Submitter

Cause of Submit

Gnash

RyanP

patents

gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg

HennR

Software patents in some countries

Samba

F4l3

patents

Mono

anonymous

patent encumbered with untrustworthy RAND clause from Microsoft

Mono dependants (ex. Beagle)

anonymous (clarified by Gegio0)

unmet dependencies

In Samba and Gnash, also "reverse engineering" was mentioned by the original submitter as the cause, but reverse engineering is a completely legal way and when done without violating anything, produces entirely free software, too. Like eg. with Gnash.

Gnash is one of the HighPriorityFreeSoftwareProjects and should be supported instead.

tenshu: please consider that software patent does not exists in many countries.

LunaTick: From Gobuntu/Policies:

"Gobuntu does not have or need a separate attitude to software patents to that of the Ubuntu project.

In the current software world it is common to see accusations of patent violation which do not specify what patents are affected or how the software violates them. While Ubuntu is prepared to take evidenced and specified allegations of patent infringement seriously, without proof of the patent infringement such accusations are worthless."

Gobuntu/pkg-non-free (last edited 2008-09-28 06:01:37 by mark-markulmer)