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asked 2015-02-19 21:10:49 -0500

codemonkeyrawks gravatar image

Can I get some more clarity on this:

1st Question: Can I ask why does Fedora not include the Nvidia Binary as an option? What specifically does it violate?

2nd Question: I see you can install Steam and VLC via RPMFusion. Are you saying that you just can't package the installer? and exactly what countries are illegal to install software?

I am writing a script for deployment so information might be nice to have in TOS.

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Closed for the following reason too subjective and argumentative by davidva
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answered 2015-02-20 05:21:43 -0500

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updated 2015-02-20 07:09:48 -0500

There is many answers to those questions all around, you may start e.g. here https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Software_Patents and here https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Forbidden_items?rd=ForbiddenItems

In general this is a very fundamental thing for Fedora to NOT promote any closed or possibly patent infected software. So even thou it could be (hypothetically) perfectly legal to use nvidia binary drivers, Fedora would not include them as they are not free software.

Regarding the scripts there are already things like http://easylifeproject.org/

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answered 2015-02-20 12:49:16 -0500

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A question very complex and argumentative, First Fedora is registered in USA sponsored by Red Hat; there are several United States embargoes and sanctions in force by the United States against several countries and activities, the most notable of which are against countries the federal government of the United States considers State Sponsors of Terrorism. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_embargoes . 2015 Cuba is now open to world!

There are several countries where can't install x software may be illegal because your own laws; investigates friend.

Next the propietary licences, only check...

Nvidia...

"2.1.2 Linux/FreeBSD Exception. Notwithstanding the foregoing terms of Section 2.1.1, SOFTWARE designed exclusively for use on the Linux or FreeBSD operating systems, or other operating systems derived from the source code to these operating systems, may be copied and redistributed, provided that the binary files thereof are not modified in any way (except for unzipping of compressed files)."

http://www.nvidia.com/content/DriverDownload-March2009/licence.php?lang=us

Rpmfusion included the binary as source code... You can check here respecting the license.

If you want make a script about it, I recommend you read HERE

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