Gian Paolo Mureddu wrote:
* What if to improve this "media perception" Fedora was to include some
sample material in ogg/theora format in the Live media? A tour video,
and some sample music would be terrific. The tunes are not THAT hard to
get, especially when we have at our disposal great sources like the
Linux Audio Users mailing list and website . There are some great
tunes that are free to use shared through the list by the authors
themselves, a little note and an e-mail to the authors asking their
permission to include their material with the Live media/distribution
benefits us all (they get more exposure, we showcase free formats), and
the same goes for video files... These are a bit trickier to get right,
but there could even be a music sample package available links and notes
in the wiki, etc... I think this is a more proactive approach than a
This is already being pursued. See fedora-music list archives.
Fedora 7 Bookmarks will have links to Free content and we are looking at
highlighting similar content in other places too. Fedora 7 based live
images or USB disks planned to be distributed in Red Hat summit will
feature free multimedia content. One of the reasons we don't do it in
the default Live CD is because of lack of space.
* Another thing I thought would also be beneficial is to include some
sort of "manifesto" right into the home directory as a sample document
in various formats: .abw, .txt, .ps, .pdf, HTML, etc. which contained a
"summarized" version of the release notes in a more "user friendly"
language (i.e less technical, more colloquial wording, not as thorough)
and explaining there (again being extra careful with wording to avoid
misunderstandings and not being legally pedantic) why closed formats
aren't being used in the distribution, and even give some pointers to
CodecBuddy, or how to get legitimate means to play these formats
I am already writing some content that would serve this purpose If you
want to help please contribute.
That I believe is what really makes a distribution "user
fact that Fedora doesn't ship with proprietary software (driver or
We won't point to proprietary drivers. General user level applications
are different from kernel drivers because of potential legal issues,
debugging problems they induce etc.