LinuxQuestions.org
Support LQ: Use code LQ3 and save $3 on Domain Registration
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > MEPIS
User Name
Password
MEPIS This forum is for the discussion of MEPIS Linux.

Notices



Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 05-21-2009, 11:02 AM   #1
frenchn00b
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jun 2007
Location: E.U., Mountains :-)
Distribution: Debian, Etch, the greatest
Posts: 2,546

Rep: Reputation: 51
why Live Mepis offers Skype :) and not Knoppix ?


http://www.knoppix.net/wiki/Skype
why Live Mepis offers Skype and not Knoppix ?
 
Old 05-22-2009, 05:50 AM   #2
MoonMind
Member
 
Registered: May 2005
Location: Switzerland
Distribution: Ubuntu
Posts: 448

Rep: Reputation: 38
Short answer: Because the Knoppix decided against adding it.

Long answer: Skype may be freeware, but it's not Free Software - it's closed source, you may not adapt/alter/enhance it, and you may not distribute it freely in any way you choose. In short, while you may use it free of charge, you don't get any rights whatsoever. Knoppix is distributed using only Free Software. This makes it legally bullet-proof (well, they do distribute some non-free/non-open firmware... hard to avoid).

MEPIS has different approach - they include everything to provide a complete user experience. Thus they include non-free software (Flash, Skype, codecs). Technically, they may not be allowed to do that. But that's for them to decide.

M.
 
Old 05-22-2009, 05:54 AM   #3
frenchn00b
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jun 2007
Location: E.U., Mountains :-)
Distribution: Debian, Etch, the greatest
Posts: 2,546

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by MoonMind View Post
Short answer: Because the Knoppix decided against adding it.

Long answer: Skype may be freeware, but it's not Free Software - it's closed source, you may not adapt/alter/enhance it, and you may not distribute it freely in any way you choose. In short, while you may use it free of charge, you don't get any rights whatsoever. Knoppix is distributed using only Free Software. This makes it legally bullet-proof (well, they do distribute some non-free/non-open firmware... hard to avoid).

MEPIS has different approach - they include everything to provide a complete user experience. Thus they include non-free software (Flash, Skype, codecs). Technically, they may not be allowed to do that. But that's for them to decide.

M.
ahhh
Code:
MEPIS has different approach - they include everything to provide a complete user experience. Thus they include non-free software (Flash, Skype, codecs). Technically, they may not be allowed to do that. But that's for them to decide.
I never understood how they could manage all drivers and copyright stuffs ... indeed but it works actually mepis.
 
Old 05-23-2009, 09:14 AM   #4
MoonMind
Member
 
Registered: May 2005
Location: Switzerland
Distribution: Ubuntu
Posts: 448

Rep: Reputation: 38
frenchn00b: You're into it more than I am - shouldn't have swallowed the bait

M.
 
Old 06-25-2009, 01:17 PM   #5
arifsaha
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jun 2009
Posts: 4

Rep: Reputation: 1
Question Cannot find Skype in Mepis

Quote:
Originally Posted by frenchn00b View Post
http://www.knoppix.net/wiki/Skype
why Live Mepis offers Skype and not Knoppix ?
Are you sure Mepis came with Skype? I cannot find Skype in SimpleMEPIS 8. And the manual actually mentions about installing Skype: http://www.mepislovers.org/forums/us...#section05-2-4
 
Old 06-26-2009, 08:14 AM   #6
pierre2
Member
 
Registered: May 2009
Location: Perth, AU
Distribution: LinuxMint
Posts: 339
Blog Entries: 8

Rep: Reputation: 74
Quote:
Technically, they may not be allowed to do that.
Only in the good 'old usa ...

it's fine in the RoTW.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
LXer: Bulgarian distro offers Live CD greatest hits LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 04-15-2009 12:10 PM
Skype Live gregorian Linux - Software 1 04-15-2007 02:42 PM
Adding Real Player & Skype To the Knoppix Live CD Marrokinooo Linux - Newbie 3 08-26-2006 08:42 AM
How do I install Skype on Mepis? beanut MEPIS 6 04-04-2006 07:51 PM
How to use Plantronics headset with Skype on Mepis sleddog71 Linux - Hardware 0 12-03-2005 09:53 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:55 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration