Licensensing statement and packages in 'main'

Bug #1790682 reported by Tom Reynolds
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ubuntu-website-content
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Bug Description

Previously reported here (and on IRC) - it's not clear which issue tracker you prefer:
https://github.com/canonical-websites/www.ubuntu.com/issues/3945

As of Aug 26 (and still today), https://www.ubuntu.com/licensing (snapshot at http://archive.is/tXMSI ) states that

> all application software included in the Ubuntu main component
>
> must include source code AND
> must allow modification and distribution of modified copies under the same license.

My understanding is that Intel

* does not include source code for the opaque microcode update blobs they distribute, which, as we must assume, include executable / executed code
* does not permit modification or redistribution of microcode

This may also apply to other packages in the 'main' component, such as (but not limited to) 'amd64-microcode'.

So, at least in my interpretation, it would seem that either the licensing statement at https://www.ubuntu.com/licensing is incorrect / outdated or the current practice of including binary blobs in the 'main' component violates this license policy.

Tom Reynolds (tomreyn)
information type: Proprietary → Public
Revision history for this message
Tom Reynolds (tomreyn) wrote :

https://github.com/canonical-websites/www.ubuntu.com/issues/3945 has received a reply on this, explaining the distinction made here for 'application software' vs (firmware and microcode).

Personally I find this distinction to mislead users about what to expect in 'main' and suggest to reconsider this policy.

However, with this explanation given I no longer consider this a website bug.

Revision history for this message
Peter Mahnke (peterm-ubuntu) wrote :

it isn't really 'invalid' but I wasn't sure what else to put it as.

Changed in ubuntu-website-content:
status: New → Invalid
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