[linux-elitists] RPM non free?

Karsten M. Self kmself@ix.netcom.com
Tue Apr 6 14:13:01 PDT 2004

From Debian Weekly News:

    RPM orphaned and not free anymore? Joey Hess [17]orphaned [18]rpm
    since the newest version depends on the non-free elfutils library.
    This makes it impossible for Joey to update the package. Not being
    able to include rpm in Debian could have far reaching consequences -
    from problems with the LSB to increased difficulty to run other
    distributions software on Debian and vice-versa.

     17. http://bugs.debian.org/239518
     18. http://packages.debian.org/rpm

RPM support is required by LSB.

This could be an oversight on the part of Red Hat.  Or it could be a
strategic move on the part of Red Hat to exclude free distributions
including Debian and Gentoo, from LSB compliance.

I sense a great disturbance in the force.


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