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[opensuse-buildservice] Re: Nonfree packages on OBS
On Fri, 26 Aug 2011 05:23:13 +0100
Carl Fletcher <kernelcruncher@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

On 26/08/11 05:19, Malcolm wrote:
On Fri, 26 Aug 2011 04:30:30 +0100
Carl Fletcher<kernelcruncher@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

On 26/08/11 00:45, Malcolm wrote:
On Fri, 26 Aug 2011 00:37:25 +0100
Tejas Guruswamy<tejas.guruswamy@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I've noticed some non-free packages being built on the OBS - for
example flash-player, wireless drivers e.g. broadcom-wl, dubious
media packages e.g. ffmpeg, and many more mentioned as forbidden
on the wiki

In addition to being questionable legally, it's not really in the
spirit of the OBS to upload binary blobs anyway.

While I don't want to spoil anyone's fun, it would suck if anyone
got into trouble for this, especially SUSE. So what is the best
way to deal with this? Do we email the users? If they don't
respond, should admins delete packages?

Maybe an automatic blacklist could be implemented when creating a
package, to prevent the most common forbidden packages being

Also, I think part of the problem is that there is no workflow
for people who want to help update packages in
openSUSE:*:NonFree. How can, if at all, a user contribute to
those packages without breaking the rules? Is, for example,
creating a branch allowed?

If I come across them, hit the 'request delete' point them to the
relevant blacklist etc in the request comment and then if it's not
done, ping someone on IRC to delete...

Maybe we need a 'report' type button so the appropriate people can

I have seen them too.
Someone bumped their /home: build in to a thread in the forum about
using the _64 beta flash

Yes, and it's now gone ;)


drill around as it's packaged in various dir
It's not leaving my comment either "Your package violates the OBS
policies that only packages under OSI approved licenses are allowed."

Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
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