On Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 10:46 AM, Michael Matz <matz(a)suse.de> wrote:
On Thu, 11 Jul 2013, Ovcharov Dmitry wrote:
Our company is software developer.
Our software is proprietary RDF database.
We would like to include our software package in the official Linux distribution
What do we need for this? A special license? Should we open source codes?
The process for including software without an OSI approved license into
openSUSE is described at the bottom of
Basically you need to request an exception (via bugreport), and the
software would then be put into the openSUSE:*:Non-Free projects. But
note that exceptions are really _exceptions_, with good justification,
like "many users will want to have this", which is the case for
flash-player for instance. Such a case is hard to make for a RDF
database, so you're probably not getting the exception. It doesn't hurt
to ask, but don't be too disappointed if the answer comes back negative.
I thought I should mention, that launching a private OBS server with
OBS appliances is surprisingly easy.
You can build your package with that, and then you can easily link
your homepage to that repo, or create a one-click-install file, so
installing your database is just as easy and uses just the same
package manager, yet you don't have to comply with the OSI license
requirement (since you are distributing yourself).
The appliance will automatically sync with changes from the official
OBS repos, so it's a really cool and workable option. I used it a
while ago to prepare a whole private software stack for a set of
servers, and it's really handy.
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