Linked by V. Deseinture on Fri 29th Jul 2011 20:50 UTC
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris Unlike Apple and Microsoft, and despite numerous demands from their users, Linux distributions have been traditionally unable to directly ship the popular Adobe Flash Player with their packages, due to the closed source nature of the software and the restrictive license chosen by Adobe. While it does seems shorter than a regular EULA made by Microsoft with all the legalese that goes with it, it does still restrict redistribution in most cases, and the FAQ seemed to be clear about that point.
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RE[2]: ... - choice and purpose
by jabbotts on Sat 30th Jul 2011 12:16 UTC in reply to "RE: ..."
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The user should have the choice of feature complete fit for there needs. The distribution should have the choice of what legally distributable software it includes by default for the target user. There can be both feature complete distros and opt-in distros. Let Mandriva and Mint include it. Debian can still place it in the opt-in "non-free" repositor.

To be honest, I've thought it nuts that Canonical claims to deliver a distro for everybody especially new users yet it took a fork to Mint for "new user" commodity polish like more complete hardware support, codecs, flash and such. If new and average users are the target customer then one should favour enabling that type of user.

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