Thursday, 11 July 2013

Re: how to contribute package to repository

Hello,

On 11 July 2013 07:27, Ovcharov Dmitry <[email protected]> wrote:
> Dear sirs,
>
> Our company is software developer.
> Our software is proprietary RDF database.
> We would like to include our software package in the official Linux distribution repository.
> What do we need for this? A special license? Should we open source codes?
>

To be included in the Ubuntu Archive (main & universe), it is indeed
should be open source software. When open sourcing, it is preffered to
use one of the established open source licenses as approved by OSI
[1]. Open sourcing your application will make it suitable for wide
inclusion in other Linux distributions as well.

Some software that is proprietary, but allows redistribution can be
included under limited circumstances in Ubuntu restricted or
multiverse components.

Furthermore one can also publish applications in Canonical partner
repository (e.g. Microsoft publishes Skype there) or Ubuntu Software
Centre [2].


[1] http://opensource.org/licenses

[2] http://developer.ubuntu.com/publish/commercial-software-faqs/


С уважением,

Ледков Дмитрий Юрьевич.

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