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[alpine-aports] Re: [PATCH] community/mongodb: expunge nonfree software

From: Marc Vertes <>
Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2019 18:27:18 +0100

> Le 7 mars 2019 à 16:17, Drew DeVault <> a écrit :
> On 2019-03-07 , Leonardo Arena wrote:
>> AFAIU the new license does not force you to publish your code if you
>> aren't proving services to third parties and we might have people
>> using it and perfectly fine with the new license.
> Many people are perfectly fine with using nonfree software in general,
> but Alpine Linux is a free-as-in-freedom Linux distribution.
> IMO we should consider the upstream unmaintained at this point, keep up
> maintenance with versions shipped in Alpine stable releases (hopefully
> they get security patches backported, but I'm not holding my breath),
> and drop it from edge and Alpine 3.10. We should bring it back when they
> sort out their licensing issues (i.e. get FSF or OSI approval), but not
> before.

I'm the maintainer of this package. Mongodb probably deserves to be moved from community to non-free due to their licensing issue. I will then retire from my maintainer role, as I have no interest myself to contribute on non-free software (and I'm not affiliated whatsoever with mongodb). For info, my alpine mongodb docker image has been downloaded more than 5 million times (whatever it means) from docker hub, no counting forks and so on. but it's Mongodb choice.


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