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Re: Packages RFC



Is there a way to fork QMail and make it a side project of Fedora?

> On Sun, 2003-10-26 at 12:21, Jos Vos wrote:
>> > I doubt qmail is of interest to Fedora, but what about the others?
>> Want
>> > them passed on?
>>
>> Qmail has a non-Open Source license.
>
> Allow me to add to that. The Qmail license strictly prohibits
> distribution of modified sources, and the same goes for binaries. This
> makes distribution of qmail for modern-day systems downright impossible,
> since Qmail does not compile at all on gcc-3.x. There is a patch that
> works around this problem, but, of course, one is not allowed to
> distribute binaries with this patch applied, so distributing legal
> binaries for a gcc-3 based system is therefore impossible. If this
> sounds nuts -- it is.
>
> (e.g. see http://linux.duke.edu/~icon/misc/qmail/debacle.html for a very
> lively conversation that I had with the qmail-dist list when I was
> looking to become a distributor myself. There are some real pearls in
> there).
>
> Due to its murky and restrictive license, I'm pretty sure that Qmail
> will never appear in Fedora Core.
>
> I myself would like to get out of distributing it, but that involves a
> migration effort. :)
>
> Regards,
> --
> Konstantin Riabitsev <icon linux duke edu>
> Linux DUKE
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