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OpenSUSE 11.1 License Changes Examined 90

Posted by kdawson
from the clear-and-simple dept.
nerdyH writes "Novell's recent openSUSE 11.1 release includes a new end-user license agreement modeled after Fedora's EULA, says Community Manager Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier in this detailed interview. Zonker says distributions should apply the 'open source principle' and standardize trademark agreements and EULA, similar to how the OSI sought to reduce open source license proliferation a few years back. But with Fedora and openSUSE being so different, can one size really fit all? And, will open source licenses ever finally get translated into languages besides English? (Zonker says that translation into 7 languages was done for openSUSE 11.1.)"
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OpenSUSE 11.1 License Changes Examined

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  • by Vertana (1094987) on Wednesday December 24, 2008 @09:46AM (#26222497) Homepage

    They say that it has been translated into 7 languages in TFA, however, they provide an HTML link for the Deutsch version. Why are they not available on the installer? What good does a license do if it's not available to be viewed at install time? And if it's not available on the installer, then the time that someone took to translate that license into another language was for nothing.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 24, 2008 @11:21AM (#26223309)

    As long as it's still GPL, you are allowed to modify the software before use, so I don't see any problem in removing the EULA.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 24, 2008 @11:32AM (#26223405)

    Bollocks!

    That's the kind of arrogance that we've been fighting in Quebec for so long. Air controllers have fought a battle in 1975-76 for the right of french air controllers and pilots to speak french between themselves.
    The canadian government forbade this on the bogus argument of safety. (Yeah right... two francophones forced to speak english between them... makes me feel safer)
    The air controllers fought and won... They proved that the safety argument was unfounded.
    Actually it end up improving safety by setting up a clear contact protocol and standardizing the terms used in communication.
    Anyway, I'm always amazed at how people submit to cultural imperialism... in the name of safety, simplicity, cost cutting or whatever bogus reason they give... just pathetic...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 24, 2008 @11:46AM (#26223529)

    pi rounds to 3.1416

    TeX's versioning is done by adding one more digit of pi [tex.ac.uk] so that the version number becomes more accurate with each upgrade.

    Your nerd card revoking card is hereby revoked.

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