Why ms-sys was removed on hardy?

Asked by Guillermo GutiƩrrez on 2008-03-29

Why ms-sys was removed on hardy? The same version exists in feisty 2.1.0-1

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Cesare Tirabassi (norsetto) said : #1

ms-sys was removed from debian unstable, and thus from ubuntu, for copyright infringement:


"Copyright infringement" is a bit too aggressive answer.

After reading http://sourceforge.net/tracker/index.php?func=detail&aid=694012&group_id=59200&atid=490228 i would say that the package was removed because it had undefined and/or unresolved licencing issues, and removing the package was a precautionary/temporary solution for the problem.

mirak (mirak-mirak) said : #3

this solution sucks

so microsoft will waste is time suing for a fucking bootloader ?

TheReaperD (djones) said : #4


No, but they'll waste their time sending out ridiculous DMCA take down notices.

libertyernie (libertyernie) said : #5

Someone should fork ms-sys with only the boot sectors from FreeDOS and SYSLINUX. That surely would not be infringement. Call it "fd-sys".

Endolith (endolith) said : #6


No they won't. Removal of this package because of 512 bytes of machine code is silly copyright paranoia.

.deb files are here: http://packages.debian.org/etch/i386/ms-sys/download

Leo (leorolla) said : #7

"All a Windows MBR does is attempt to boot whichever partition on the HDD is marked as bootable, or active, so there are many open-source boot loaders that do exactly the same thing, including the two methods given above."

Is this true?

I found it here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=622828

YannUbuntu (yannubuntu) said : #8

For information, here is a PPA with ms-sys : https://launchpad.net/~rzr/+archive/ppa

Do you know what /usr/lib/syslinux/mbr.bin is ? and what is the difference between ms-sys and the mbr package (which is still in repositories) ?

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