[Dev] virtualenvs offer non-free way a libre solution?

Michał Masłowski mtjm at mtjm.eu
Sun Apr 15 17:50:35 GMT 2012


> are virtualenvs needed? they're a pain in the ass... this also happen
> with ruby gems though the huge majority are mit/bsd-like licensed (but
> they don't have a 'license' field afaict) 

The problem is that pip, distribute and maybe other packages by default
use a package index listing nonfree software.

Being able to use these tools in a free distro to install free software
is needed for Python programmers or users of packages not packaged in
the distro.  Python Web applications and framework probably often
recommend installing them via pip or similar tools, not by using distro
packages.
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