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openSUSE:Build Service application blacklist

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This page lists a number of applications that neither can become part of openSUSE distribution nor can be hosted on the Build Service for legal reasons. This page just lists the applications and does not explain the reasons as even that could be used in court against us. Please note also, that links to non *.opensuse.org pages might not be possible, due to legal issues.

In general, only software with an OSI license is allowed for submission. Exceptions can be made via the openSUSE:*:Non-Free projects on request.

This list is not complete, but lists the most requested software pieces that cannot be shipped.

Software which is encumbered by patent claims

In general, all kinds of multimedia codecs, especially from the MPEG family. Good and free alternatives are

Disallowed software list:

  • ffmpeg
  • libav
  • mplayer
  • xine library (full package, openSUSE ships with a reduced number of codecs)
  • lame
  • divx
  • mythtv
  • lastfm
  • faad
  • faac
  • libmpeg, libmpeg2, ...
  • libmad
  • x264
  • foo2zjs; it includes JBIG which has legal issues (reasoning from rq 78113)

Software with other legal implications

This is software which may be illegal in some countries.

In Germany, it is a felony to distribute hacker tools that only have malicious purpose (Hacker Paragprah, §202c StGB). Some allowance is given to "dual purpose" tools that also allow adminstrative work, but legal needs to be queried to be sure. As the OBS is hosted in Germany and responsibly hosted by SUSE as part of the Attachmate Group, it is usually covered by both German and US laws.

  • aircrack, aircrack-ng, ...
  • keyloggers like logkey
  • amule
  • chromium (contains patented code parts, exception is the cleaned version in openSUSE: projects)
  • mldonkey
  • libdvdcss
  • (python-)pymedia (contains ffmpeg and libdvdcss)
  • rtmpdump

Software that poses additional legal risk as a result of the license:

Closed source Linux kernel modules

To abide by the request of the Linux kernel developer community, and to avoid any distribution issues of closed source Linux kernel modules, we will not distribute any of these type of modules.

Packages without OSI approved license

In general, packages without an Open Source license (specifically one approved by OSI) are not allowed in OBS.

Exceptions to this policy will be done for the openSUSE distribution and those packages are in the Non-Free projects of openSUSE, e.g. openSUSE:Factory:NonFree.

If you like to see a package included in NonFree, please open a bugreport against the distribution and supply information about the license.

We especially need the right to redistribute software if we include it in the build service.

List of not-approved binary packages:

  • oracle-instantclient

See also

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