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How can I get Freecad in Fedora?

asked 2012-06-02 06:02:51 -0600

Dr Robot gravatar image

updated 2012-06-15 00:24:05 -0600

mether gravatar image

There used to be a "license issue". It doesn't anymore! It used to be "difficult" to get it done. Zultron did it over there:

So, what's the problem now?

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answered 2012-06-03 06:44:50 -0600

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There isn't a problem at all. Fedora is a community driven project. The only way a software gets into the repos is when a volunteer needs to use it and therefore packages it :)

You can add it to the wishlist here:

You can even package it yourself:

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answered 2012-07-12 17:44:58 -0600

Installed all related repos, but freecad still not available? What's wrong with this package? Is it cursed or something? Why (legally) the OCE license is not changed as to promote its acceptance by the community? Is it legal people's EGO requiring massage from both sides, I mean did someone in Fedora say "NO" and can't take it back now? Is it the other way around? Some lawyer in OCE said "ah, don't care about Fedora, Debian took it, you take it too", or is there a real reason behind that? Something that can be explained in a real world human person?

In the CAD world we don't have that many options for Linux and it really upsets me that the only thing since day one that is broken in linux distros is mechanical engineering software.

Normally I would understand technical difficulties, but lawyers not being able to get their stuff correct? To fix their wording? Do I have to drop 15 years of Red Hat experience and uninstall 50 lab computers because two lawyers have a disagreement on their wording?

What's wrong with the world?

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answered 2012-07-06 11:12:20 -0600

I'm one of the packagers of FreeCAD for RPMFusion, and I run the Zultron repos.

FreeCAD depends on OCE, which does still have licensing issues. There is language in the license text that the Fedora legal team believed was ambiguous. Debian decided the license is acceptable, and therefore is able to include it in their distribution. Fedora/RedHat will not change its stance on this issue unless OpenCASCADE (which OCE is forked from) changes its license to something acceptable.

So, we're packaging FreeCAD for inclusion into RPMFusion nonfree. The reviews are all done, and it should show up in the repos soon. I'm also about to have a new version for fc17 in the Zultron repos, perhaps later today.

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answered 2012-06-14 14:25:51 -0600

Dr Robot gravatar image

I know what fedora is, thank you! Also know how the packaging works. Respectfully I doubt it is a mere packaging issue. Since fedora 10 there are licensing issues which the legal team of fedora seems to be adamant about, their opinion in particular is that OCE packages that freecad relies upon are non-free.

If you read through the text of the link passed to you, you'll notice that it mentions these all. So, why do you propose that i repackage something that was removed when somebody else did it before?

I'm well past the point of being in the receiving end of lectures. I did not post a question in the literal sense. It was an objection really.

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This is a forum only for question and answers for end users. Only the legal team determines which licenses are non-free. Beyond that, it is getting packaged in RPM Fusion which is the common repository for such packages.

mether gravatar imagemether ( 2012-06-15 08:31:21 -0600 )edit

answered 2012-06-14 15:15:04 -0600

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