possible PPA TOS violation

Asked by Micah Gersten

I don't believe just anyone can redistribute Adobe software: https://launchpad.net/~landronimirc/+archive/acroread

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Curtis Hovey (sinzui) said :

I have contacted the user and asked him to delete the package. If the package is not deleted by next week, we will ask an Lp Admin to delete it.

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Curtis Hovey (sinzui) said :

The PPA was deleted.

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Liviu Andronic (landronimirc) said :

Quick question: I came up with the PPA because of the sorry state of support for acroread in Ubuntu. (I was of course not aware of acroread redistribution limitations.)

Ubuntu Precise is the last distro to include acroread in its repos [1], and even in Precise the 64-bit is broken and doesn't install. In Quantal and Raring it's not present in Synaptic at all.
[1] https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/acroread

If I try to use Ubuntu Software Center to install acroread, then it installs 9.4.7-1oneiric1 on Ubuntu Precise, which is clearly outdated (inappropriate). So here's my question: How is the average Ubuntu user expected to install acroread?

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William Grant (wgrant) said :

The acroread package that you linked to is in the Canonical's partner repository, not Ubuntu's repositories. You'll need to wait for (or help with) the bug fix in partner, as Adobe doesn't permit acroread to be redistributed in contexts like PPAs.

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Liviu Andronic (landronimirc) said :

I would gladly help with fixing the bug in the partner repo, but the relevant bug report [1] has been happily ignored for several releases now. Even with a patch available. Whom should I contact wrt to this?

[1] https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/acroread/+bug/990761

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