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Cassandra Light Edition is out!

Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 9:27 am
by clem

Cassandra Light Edition was released and is available for download.

Download page:
Release notes:


Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 9:50 am
by cool_gamer8119
Wow... i am amazed that Linux Mint is becoming so good! I cant wait to see what comes out next! Keep up the great work!

Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 9:55 am
by clem
I cant wait to see what comes out next!

1. E17 Edition or XFCE Edition (whichever comes first)
2. E17 Edition or XFCE Edition (whichever comes second)
3. KDE Edition of Celena Main Edition (whichever comes third)

Don't worry there's plenty a fun to come :)


Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:31 am
by antiquexray
I cant wait to see what comes out next!
clem wrote:Next?

...E17 Edition or XFCE Edition (whichever comes first)...Clem
I would like to through myself to the mercy of this forum to further educate me. Although I'm steadily progressing out of the noobie stage, I'm still very much an apprentice in learning Linux.

Just what are E17 and XFCE? I've checked the net, but still not sure.

Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:37 am
by clem
E17 Edition

Enlightenment instead of Gnome.
Dev forum:

XFCE Edition

XFCE instead of Gnome.
Dev forum:

KDE Edition

KDE instead of Gnome
Previous release:

Light Edition

Gnome but without any restricted technologies.
The one released today.


Re: Cassandra Light Edition is out!

Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 9:17 am
by Louis
Mint 3.0 Light includes non-free software.
It includes non-free wireless card firmware and more as Ubuntu also include.
Ubuntu altso includes some non-free software as non-free wireless card firmware and more.
If you want a 100% free Ubuntu-based Linux-dist you should you Gnewsense. It 's 100% free and clem you can see in the changelog what the Gnewsense team has removed and remove it too in Mint Light.

Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 9:22 am
by cool_gamer8119
:?: :?: :?: Linux Mint Light is made so there is all that free stuff but in a Minty flavor... if you know what i mean

Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 12:11 pm
by clem
It's a fair point and thumbs up to gnewsense for making that. Our purpose with the Light Edition is a bit different though.

Gnewsense's purpose is to give people a 100% free and open source system.

We include some patented technologies in our full edition. Let's take MP3 support as an example. Thomson doesn't want us to decode mp3 files without paying them a fee (which we can't afford by the way). We talked about it with them and the reason they're in a position to claim that fee is simply because they're claiming they own a patent which applies to the software we include... in other words: a software patent. Now: only a few countries legally recognize software patents (USA, Japan.. and a few others), so in most countries we don't have to care about what Thomson thinks, they don't own our code, they just think they can make us pay based on something which is legally invalid in most parts of the world. Having said that, their claim (if they sue us) would be valid in the USA and Japan, so before they actually do that, we come with an answer: We don't distribute mp3 support in the regions where their claim is valid. So we come with a Light edition and in a disclaimer we ask people to know about their legislation and to accordingly choose between the light and the full edition.

When one publishes something on the Internet he doesn't have to make sure it's legal in every single country of the world. He needs to make sure it's legal where he does it. When people download it from his website they sort of import it into their own country, so the responsibility relies on them, and for this reason we give the Light Edition's choice.

As for mirrors, you must have noticed they're not German, US.. .etc anymore. They're "European", "North-American" etc..

It's a silly world, with greedy people and we're basically doing prevention here and covering our xxx.

Different distributions have different ways of addressing these threats. Ubuntu doesn't include restricted things. Linspire pays the fees. Some others include everything without worrying about it, we make two different versions and rely on user's responsibility to follow their own legislation.

Just because some countries decided to allow the use of software patents doesn't mean we can't offer US/Japan-patented technologies to the rest of the World.

The worst they can do is actually make sure US/Japan citizens can't physically download the full edition, but as a distribution we're here to stay and there's nothing in US/Japan law which should be able to impact our activity in the rest of the World.

If we're challenged on something we'll remove the component in question (and only for the countries which legislation made that challenge valid: in our light edition, in other words).

I see your point though. It's not totally true to say that the Light Edition is 100% free and open-source.


Patents and Software licenses

Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 6:21 pm
by andone
Most people wouldn't know what the patent and software licensing laws are in there own Country. As you said the Light edition is about covering your xxx. As long as you mention the possible patent issues on your website, have the light edition available and have mirrors outside the US and Japan you must be safe.
Long live Mint.

Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 6:41 pm
by clem
Well it's also to cover our user's xxx... for instance the Linux User and Developer magazine distributed Linux Mint in one of their issue, and as they're also distributing in the USA they got a bit scared of what could happen to them. Needless to say there were delighted to see the Light Edition come out.