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Re: Fedora and RedHat's autism toward personal users

On Tue, 14 Oct 2003, Gordon Messmer wrote:

>>>Qmail's license precludes its being distributed as part of Fedora.  As
>>>an alternative, I would suggest Courier-MTA:  http://www.courier-mta.org/
>> http://cr.yp.to/distributors.html
>I'm well aware of qmail's license.  It's been discussed here on a number 
>of occasions past.  Specifically, that page notes:
>You may distribute a precompiled package if installing your package 
>produces exactly the same files, in exactly the same locations, that a 
>user would obtain by installing one of my packages listed
>That alone is enough to prevent distribution.  A distributor can not 
>ship bug fixes in a binary form.  You can debate it all you want, but I 
>suggest that you look at the previous debates instead.
>I know of a number of people who still use qmail, and are very fond of 
>it.  That's very well and good, but the license is going to keep qmail 
>in the hands of the people who want to build it for themselves, and out 
>of distributions that care about Free Software.

While I personally believe it is unlikely that we'd be adding a 
new MTA to the Fedora Core itself anytime soon, alternative MTAs 
without legal or licensing issues sound perfect for 'Fedora 
Alternatives' in the long term, and maintained outside Red Hat.

Mike A. Harris     ftp://people.redhat.com/mharris
OS Systems Engineer - XFree86 maintainer - Red Hat

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